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Charlotte Runco

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A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work unless it is open
— Frank Zappa

Central Oregon


Ms. Runco is from a small town in Canada, where she grew up speaking English and French. Following high school graduation she spent a few years working, traveling & exploring the world. Her travels took her to Central America, Turkey, Europe & North Africa. It was in Libya where experiences teaching English sparked an interest in education as a career. Upon returning home, she enrolled and received her Bachelors of Science, a Masters in Education as well as a Masters in Global Education. She has taught Science and World Issues for 10 years at both the high school and university level. She has had the privilege of working with schools in Canada, Costa Rica, Uganda & The United States. Wherever she has had the privilege to teach, Ms. Runco has focused on ways in which to connect classroom content to the real world as well as to students’ experiences in order to make learning meaningful to them.

Kaaren Embertson

Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance
— Solomon

Southern Oregon


Kaaren grew up in Southern California where she played soccer, volleyball, basketball, and track; studied abroad in Australia; and visited England, Scotland, Canada, and Norway with her family. She moved to Oregon where she completed her BS at Oregon State University; worked in several supervisorial roles; traveled to Brazil; and married the most wonderful man in 2001! Kaaren and her husband secured their Masters of Teaching (Kaaren's was MS of Ed.); they were house parents to 50 colleges students for several years, taught overseas in the United Arab Emirates; and have traveled around the United States of America, to Israel, Canada, Switzerland, Austria, and Sri Lanka. Kaaren has several hobbies: quilting, scrapbooking, photography, health and fitness, animals, personal business training, and essential oils!

Patrick Kailey

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire
— William Butler Yeats

Central Oregon


In 2016, Pat moved back home to Bend, Oregon after spending 8 years in New Zealand. While in NZ, Pat earned a Phd researching landslides, taught earth science at the community college level, and started a youth and teen fitness program. These experiences convinced him to follow his passion for teaching and working with kids by pursuing his Masters in teaching through Oregon State University Cascades. Since then, he taught a range of science and engineering classes at the middle and high school level. Pat is excited to continue his love of teaching and learning at Baker Charters. 

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Mollie Kottek

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. That is to have succeeded
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Portland Metro


Mollie Kottek has always enjoyed working with youth. She has spent time as a lifeguard, a camp counselor, volunteering in schools, and substitute teaching. She attended the University of Oregon and earned both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Chemistry. After working as a research scientist, she decided that the classroom was where she belonged. Thus returning to the University of Oregon to attain her K-12 teaching license, she became a teacher. 


Cheri Bullock

Willamette Valley


Bachelor of Science in Zoology - Oregon State University Master of Science in Animal Science with a minor in Molecular Biology - Oregon State University Thesis work - Maternal Diet and Essential Fatty Acid Metabolism in Progeny Chickens - Oregon State University Master of Arts in Teaching - Willamette University Teaching experience in AP Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, and Accelerated Biology. Hobbies; Horseback riding, baking, canoeing with the world's best dog, Bolt.

Ryan Gates

Do or do not, there is no try.
— Yoda

Portland Metro

Tech Director

Ryan joined Baker Web Academy as a science teacher but quickly transitioned to Technology Director as the school continued to grow. Not only does Ryan love Science and Technology but he loves to play, coach and watch soccer. He currently coaches High School Soccer and is an avid Timbers Fan, travelling around the country to see them play. 

Ryan received his Bachelors from Utah Valley University in Biology Education. He then received his Masters through an online program from Oregon State University. 

Eric Layton

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
— Nelson Mandela

Eastern Oregon


A native Oregonian, Eric has a degree in Environmental Science from Oregon State University.  He earned his Master's in Education at Portland State University.  He comes to BWA having taught biological and physical sciences in the classroom for 7 years.  He also brings experience as a science education intern with Idaho National Laboratory, and post-graduate microbiology research at Pacific University.  He has worked at BWA as a coach of math and physical science.  Students looking for extracurricular learning opportunities should contact him regarding the Oregon Envirothon Student Competition.    

Mike Long

As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another

Eastern Oregon


Mike has been an educator and coach since graduation from NNC in Nampa, Idaho, with a degree in Social Studies Education. He has taught mainly science, but also math, social studies, and PE at Baker Middle School in Baker City for 12 years and for Baker Web Academy for five years. He has worked with Young Life Clubs in Baker City and is in his 23rd year of coaching basketball. He has also coached football, golf and tennis in Baker City. Mike enjoys the outdoors, playing golf, and general construction and loves living in Baker City, Oregon, with his wife and three boys age 14, 10, and 9.

Gwen O'Neal

Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.
— Nelson Mandela

Central Oregon

Vice Principal

Gwen has 14 years of experience teaching middle school and high school science, and an additional eight years in administration as high school assistant principal and primary school principal. Her higher education started at Oregon State University and as included work at Portland State University and Lewis and Clark College to complete her M.Ed. in Educational Administration. She is excited to work with Baker Web Academy students and their families!

Laura Saxe-O'Brien

It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.
— Albert Einstein

Willamette Valley


Since she was 19, Laura has taught a wide range of classes including English as a Second Language, Biology, AP Biology, Food Science, Crop Science, World Agricultural Systems, AP Environmental Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science. Laura graduated from Whitman College as a History major and Japanese Language minor. After living in Sichuan Province, People’s Republic of China for two years, she returned to the United States and earned master’s degrees in International Agricultural Development, Agricultural Ecology, and Science Education. Laura’s interests include cooking, gardening, following her favorite soccer and basketball teams, and backpacking.


Angela Schwartz

As soon as laws are necessary for men, they are no longer fit for freedom.

Portland Metro



Angela enjoys tremendously the role of Advisory Teacher.  Prior to joining the BWA team, she was a high school Traffic Safety drive instructor and girls basketball coach.  She also spent some years building homes with her husband at his framing company.

In addition to her responsibilities at BWA, she is a freelance artist with a focus on illustration and T-shirt design.

In her free time, Angela enjoys spending time with her family, adventuring in nature, studying books, playing sports and games, building things, and creating masterpieces.

Jennifer Seretan

Everything will be alright in the end. If it is not alright, it is not the end.

Portland Metro



Jennifer Seretan has been working in the education field for over 35 years in everything from intensive instruction for preschool children with developmental disabilities to teaching inter-age classes for a homeschool co-operative, from a fourth-grade class in the Kingdom of Tonga to adult education workshops throughout Oregon. She aims to make every topic relevant to the student, whether she is addressing individuals in their home or energetic large groups on field trips. She has been teaching in the hybrid virtual environment for the past eight years and loves the opportunity to work closely with students and families. 

Jennifer has a wide variety of interests especially in the outdoors where she canoes, bikes, hikes, camps, skis and rows. She also loves to garden, cook, knit, and play her flute. Whenever she can, she travels the world with her daughter and husband. Most of all, she loves teaching children about the world around them and sharing her love of learning.

Patrick Williams

Do or do not, there is no try.
— Yoda

Willamette Valley

Salem Dean of Students/Faculty

Patrick has been a high school math and science teacher for over 20 years.  He currently teaches Biology and is also leading Baker Web Academy's Response-to-Intervention team for Math.  The goal of the Math RTI team is to identify students that are struggling in math and provide the tools and support necessary to get up to pace with their peers.

Annie Winter

Let them eat cake

Central Oregon


Annie is a Brit who has embraced living in the Pacific Northwest. Her teaching career began in Botswana, followed by the UK, California, and Central Oregon. She is a High School science teacher and also a P.E. teacher. In her spare time she coaches the Sisters High School OHSET team and runs the local branch of the Pony Club.