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Jaymie Leach

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I can accept failure; everyone fails at something. I cannot accept not trying again
— Michael Jordan

Southern Oregon


Jaymie was born and raised in Roseburg, OR. She received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from University of Nevada - Las Vegas while on an athletic scholarship with the UNLV Rodeo team. Jaymie moved to Central OR in 2012 to get her Master's in School Counseling from Oregon State University - Cascades. She has been a school counselor in Culver, OR for the past 5 years and is excited to join the Baker team!

Lisa Lanza

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time
— Thomas A. Edison

Southern Oregon


Lisa grew up in Upstate New York and earned her first degree in Natural Resources Conservation. She then earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Lisa went on to earn a master’s degree in science education from Syracuse University. When she moved to Oregon twelve years ago, she started working as a wetland scientist until she obtained her Oregon licensure. Lisa has taught science and credit recovery classes both online and in the classroom. She also worked several years for Umpqua Community College as an adjunct professor. Lisa is at home on her 70-acre farm in rural Douglas County with her husband Bruce.

Gabby Quinones

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The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
— Aristotle

Southern Region

Administrative Assistant

Gabby is our amazing administrative assistant at our Southern Region Student Center.

Debbie Jones

...Anything can happen, child. Anything can be
— Shel Silverstein

Southern Oregon


Debbie has been working in schools in Oregon and Hawaii for the past 14 years. She has experience teaching Elementary, High School Math, Special Education and RTI Reading. After working in marketing, Debbie was drawn to teaching because of her strongly-held belief that all children can succeed. She works hard to help her students develop the self confidence in their own abilities. Debbie has two grown daughters, and a one year old grandson and enjoys exploring the beautiful Southern Oregon coast that she is lucky to call home.

Kim Smith

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Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
— Albert Einstein

Southern Oregon


Kim was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM where she eventually earned a Bachelor of Science degree in teaching with a dual licensure in both general and special education from the University of New Mexico (UNM). Since moving to Oregon in 1997, she has worked in the field of education for 21 years in a variety of roles from teaching to administration. During that time she completed her Masters of Education degree at Gonzaga University and Administrative Licensure through Concordia University.

She believes that all students can achieve their dreams and aspirations in life and is committed to helping them reach their full potential. She is looking forward to working with our students.

Charles Lauer

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The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why
— Mark Twain

Southern Coast


Charles earned Master’s in Education from Cleveland State University and has taught 6th through 12th grade social studies. He loves impacting the lives of his students, and he is looking forward to building meaningful relationships with all of them. He recently moved from Ohio to Oregon and has found Oregon to be beautiful. Outside of school, Charles enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, swimming, and hiking.

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!

Ellery Garrison

... education doesn’t need to be reformed —it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions
— Sir Ken Robinson, "The Element"

Southern Oregon


Ellery Garrison is originally from Southern California (though don't hold that against her) and taught there for 8 years as a Language Arts Specialist for K-8th graders. Then, after moving to Southern Oregon, she started homeschooling and eventually was running a school with 24 students. Her love of this environment has brought her to Baker Web and looks forward to sharing her love of learning and discovery with your family. 

Angie Miller

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

Southern Oregon


Angie Miller teaching experience includes teaching Middle School, High School, and Community College mathematics. She is a North Medford High and University of Oregon grad who loves her native Southern Oregon. Raising her 2 children (Makayla & Colton) with her husband, Mark, is her favorite part of each day. Angie is looking forward to helping students succeed in this up and coming world of online education!


Brooke Armstrong

Get rid of things or you’ll spend your whole life tidying up.
— Marguerite Duras

Southern Oregon


An English Language Arts teacher for the last 18 years, Brooke has taught in a variety of environments. From a traditional high school, to helping open a middle school, a technology high school, and now in the online world, she enjoys working with students and families to learn new things and create success. She moved to Oregon in 2006 and loves it here.

Stormy Ballenger

Today for Show and Tell, I’ve brought a tiny marvel of nature: a single snowflake. I think we might all learn a lesson from how this utterly unique and exquisite crystal turns into an ordinary, boring molecule of water, just like every other one, when you bring it in the classroom. And now, while the analogy sinks in, I’ll be leaving you drips and going outside.
— Calvin, from Calvin & Hobbes comic

Southern Oregon

Baker Early College Advisor

Stormy is an adaptable and empathetic counselor/teacher who loves to inspire students to engage their strengths and passions. She loves integrating the natural world into her work whenever possible. Stormy is resourceful and creative, and she takes special pride in the meaningful relationships that are built with students and families. 

Dr. Dave Courtney

When a good leaders work is done all the people say, “He did it!. When a great leaders work is done all the people say, “We did it!

Southern Oregon

Vice Principal

Dr. Courtney has worked in education for 30+ years. Fifteen of those years have been as Superintendent serving schools in Oregon. He believes that a quality education teaches students skills for their post-high school lives such as communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. 

Randell Embertson

Favorite Quote: If your actions inspire others to dream, learn more, do more, and become more you are a leader.  
— John Quincy Adams

Southern Oregon


Randell has a Master's in Education from Oregon State University and experience teaching in grades K-10. He has lived on multiple continents learning and experiencing European, Middle Eastern and South American cultures and languages. Prior to teaching, Randell was a construction project manager overseeing the building of homes and subdivisions. He is married to an amazing wife, Kaaren of 15 years. He appreciates and enjoys a good adventure, cooking, learning about history, reading a good book, listening to classical music, playing chess and having fun in the great outdoors.

Carissa Shaw

There is, in fact, no teaching without learning. One requires the other.
— Paulo Freire

Willamette Valley


Carissa Shaw has taught language arts, social studies, math, and science, and enjoys learning other languages (currently dabbling in Spanish, Swahili, and Arabic) and visiting warmer locales, as well as hiking with her pups, and attempting to convince her parrot to say absolutely anything on command.