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Kelsey Kokkeler

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Make your life a masterpiece; imagine no limitations on what you can be, have or do
— Brian Tracy

Willamette Valley

Faculty
541-519-8639
email
kkokkeler@bakercharters.org

Kelsey Kokkeler received a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida. Over the past 6 years, she has taught 4th, 5th and 7th grades. Kelsey is looking forward to the new challenges and experiences of being a member of the Baker Web Academy team. When she isn't teaching, she loves to be outdoors with friends and family, hiking, kayaking and running.

Heather Baltzor

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Technology alone isn’t going to improve student achievement. The best combination is great teachers working with technology to engage students in the pursuit of the learning they need.
— U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan

Central Oregon

Faculty Substitute

email
hbaltzor@bakercharters.com

Heather graduated from Oregon State University and is pursuing her Ph.D. in Education. She has experience teaching in a virtual environment for all grades. Heather believes in the power of technology to make learning accessible for everyone. She is passionate about individualizing education for her students and getting to know the whole family. In addition, she enjoys using technology in her personal life and keeping up with the latest trends along with her students. Heather fully embraces the Central Oregon lifestyle and enjoys hiking, fishing, and kayaking with her husband and three sons. She also enjoys cooking, listening to audio books, and traveling. Heather welcomes diversity and her most recent trip was to Colombia this summer where she practiced her Spanish, learned about the educational system, and visited many beautiful waterfalls.

Jenny Allen

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Progress is made by trial and failure; the failures are generally a hundred times more numerous than the successes; yet they are usually left unchronicled
— William Ramsay

Salem

Faculty
541-519-5996
email
jallen@bakercharters.org

Jenny received a BS in Natural Resource Management from Oregon State University. She worked as a field biologist for the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management before returning to Oregon State for a MS in Science Education. She has taught science in both middle and high school for the last 14 years. She lives in Corvallis with her husband, son, daughter, 2 dogs, 2 cats, and 4 chickens.

Monica Wheeler

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Champions keep playing until they get it right
— Billie Jean King

Willamette Valley

Counselor
458-221-3194
email
mwheeler@bakercharters.org

Monica was born and raised in Medford, Oregon. She completed her BA in Politics at Whitman College. After her undergrad, she worked in Colorado trying to put her politics degree to use. Upon returning to Oregon, Monica pursued her passion for kids and teaching with completing her Masters in Teaching and becoming a high school English teacher and tennis coach. In 2010, Monica headed back to school to earn a Masters in School Counseling from Lewis and Clark. She has been a school counselor at the high school level since 2012. Her passion for school counseling is derived from engaging with her students on a more personal level and assisting them with their immediate and future goals.
Monica likes to spend time hanging out with her three kids, encouraging them to hike most weekends. She also loves playing tennis and seeking out remote locations throughout the world.

Jaymie Leach

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

Southern Oregon

Counselor
503-679-4704
email
jleach@bakercharters.org

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!

Jackie Robinson

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Attitude is a choice. What you think you can do, whether positive or negative, confident or scared, will most likely happen
— Pat Summitt

Central Oregon

Faculty
458-231-3559
email
jrobinson@bakercharters.org

Jackie has 11 years of teaching experience in PE and Health. She also coached softball for a number of years. She graduated from Eastern Oregon University with her Bachelor's of Science in Physical Education and Health and Master's in Education.
Jackie lives in Lakeview, Oregon with her husband and daughter. She is looking forward to working with the students and families at BWA!

Ingrid Bornstedt

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Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind
— Roy T. Bennett

Eastern Oregon

Faculty
541-419-0921
email
ibornstedt@bakercharters.org

Ingrid grew up in both Springfield and Enterprise, Oregon. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Eastern Oregon University. She has substitute taught grades K-12, stayed at home with her three children, and taught 4th grade full time. It is her passion to teach children, build relationships, impact lives, and to help students grow and achieve success. She is excited to join this amazing team and is looking forward to supporting the students at Baker Web Academy.

When not teaching, Ingrid enjoys spending time with her family, watching her children’s sporting events, going for walks, hiking, and picking huckleberries.

Kevin Feist

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If you are going to do something, you might as well give it 100% effort. You will probably be satisfied with the results.
— Kevin Feist

Central Oregon

Faculty
458-231-3108
email
kfeist@bakercharters.org

Kevin Feist has been in education for 30+ years. Most of his career has been in brick and mortar schools, where he has taught Math, PE and Strength Training. He also has coached Football, Basketball and Baseball. Mr. Feist enjoys building positive relationships with the students and families he serves at BWA. He encourages his students to be self-motivated individuals that are accountable for their education and value life long learning.

Katie Bruce

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Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home
— Anna Quindlen

Eastern Oregon

Administrative Assistant
541-410-4263
email
kbruce@bakercharters.org

Kate recently returned to Eastern Oregon with a background in accounting and counseling. She provides administrative and payroll support in Baker City.

Lisa Lanza

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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

Faculty
458-234-3296
email
llanza@bakercharters.org

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.

Shawna Kirch

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Kind words are like honey, sweet to the soul and healthy to the body
— proverbs 16:24

Salem

Faculty
503-679-3954
email
skirch@bakercharters.org

Shawna has been teaching elementary for ten years in the public and private school systems. She graduated from Eastern Washington University with a B.A. in Elementary Education majoring in reading and minoring in special education. She obtained her M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Governor's University. She lives in the Keizer area with her husband Ryan, who is a high school teacher and basketball coach. They are beyond excited to welcome their first daughter in August this year! In their spare time, the Kirch family loves to go for hikes, get outside, cook, host game nights, spend time with family and friends, and travel, especially up to Washington to visit Shawna's family. Shawna is passionate about teaching and making learning a fun adventure! She fully believes that it's all about relationships and loves the bond between each student and herself. She is thrilled to be a part of the Baker Charter team!

Shelby Grant

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An Arch consists of two weaknesses, which, leaning on each other, become a strength
— Leonardo da Vinci

Salem

Faculty
503-679-4038
email
sgrant@bakercharters.org

Shelby grew up in the Portland metro area and chose to stay close to home as she explored higher education; attending nearby Oregon State University. When looking closely at what she wanted from her career, there was little doubt that she wanted to pursue education and make a difference in shaping young lives. Once teaching became her goal, Shelby received her Master's in Teaching from George Fox University.
Shortly after graduating, she traveled to Quito Ecuador where she volunteered in a school for working boys and their families and helped foster education in the school and homes.
Shelby has joined Baker Web Academy after being a classroom teacher for 20 years, where she taught various grade levels from first grade to fifth grade. Shelby took the opportunity to specialize as well, as she became a math intervention specialist for several years.
Shelby lives in the Portland metro area with her husband (high school sweetheart), their three your children, and the family dog Bella. In her spare time she enjoys running and stand up paddle boarding, but you can usually find her at a nearby field (or court) cheering her kids on at their many sporting events.
Shelby is exited to take on a new challenge and continue to evolve online teaching and learning with Baker. But most importantly, she is looking forward to making personal connections with students and their families.

Katie Harris

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Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed
— Thich Nhat Hanh

Portland East

Faculty
503-998-4518
email
kharris@bakercharters.org

Katie was born and raised in Southern California. After receiving her B.A. from UC Berkeley, she moved to Portland.
Katie has worked with children and families for over ten years as a parent educator, skills trainer, and advocate.
She lives with her partner, son, and mini schnauzer. In her spare time she enjoys the outdoors, live music, soccer, and roller skating.

Angie Gibbons

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Do unto others as you would have them do unto you
— The Golden Rule

Eastern Oregon

Title (Faculty for teaching staff)
541-519-6197
email
agibbons@bakercharters.org

Angie lives in Baker City with her husband, Jason and family. She is an Oregon State University grad, with a degree in Natural Resources. After working 18 years in the Natural Resource field she wanted to devote more time to her family so began the art of a part-time substitute teacher in 2015. Angie liked being a part of the Baker Education System and was happy to find a position that allowed her to be involved with students, families and to be a part of the fun and positive working environment at BWA.
In her free time Angie enjoys skiing, hiking, art, and swimming in lakes/rivers with her family and friends.

Burke Smejkal

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When there’s a fork in the road, take it!
— Yogi Berra

Willamette Valley

Faculty
458-209-4437
email
bsmejkal@bakercharters.org

Burke has taught STEM and CTE for 10 years in traditional, alternative, and virtual schools in Oregon and Idaho. He is currently working for Baker Charter Schools developing an online project-based learning program for students grades 5th - 9th grade. Aside from education, Burke enjoys playing music, mountain biking, permaculture and travel. Above all, he relishes time spent with his family, living, learning and loving life.

Jenny Caughlin

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People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously
— Eleanor Roosevelt

Willamette Valley

Faculty
541-731-1402
email
jcaughlin@bakercharters.org

Originally from Bend, Oregon, Jenny moved to Eugene in 2010 to complete her B.A. in History. After undergrad she spent time focusing on agriculture, working on Willamette Valley farms and teaching farming and sustainability courses through the University of Oregon. She later achieved her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Teaching from the UO and has since been teaching Social Studies and English at middle and high schools in the area.

Jenny likes to spend her time hanging out with her two kids, exploring the captivating natural world, growing food and flowers in her garden, checking out excessive numbers of books from the library, and sharing her delight for the human experience with others.

Katie Ford

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Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love
— Mother Theresa

Central Oregon

Faculty
541-519-0861
email
kford@bakercharters.org

Katie was born and raised in Walla Walla, Washington. Post college, Katie spent a few years skiing in the Teton Mountains and traveling the world before moving to Central Oregon for a middle school math position. In Katie’s 8 years of teaching experience she has taught in Switzerland, China and Bend; everything from kindergarten, middle school math, FACS and physical education to high school oral English. Katie loves building relationships with her students and helping them achieve their goals is of high priority. In Katie’s free time, she enjoys traveling, being active in the outdoors, crafting and cooking.

Betsy Dixon

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The best view comes after the hardest climb.
— Unknown

Willamette Valley

Faculty
541-780-3168
bdixon@bakercharters.org

Betsy Dixon was raised in Portland, OR, but moved to Eugene after graduating from college and getting married. She spent her first years in Eugene substitute teaching, ending up in 4th and 5th grade at a local elementary school. She took a break from full time teaching after having children, but continued to substitute. Betsy has experience in the homeschool community, public schools, as well as teaching at a virtual charter school. Her passion is to help each student reach their individual potential and see the joy in learning. Outside of school, she enjoys being outdoors with the animals on her farm, reading, and spending time with family.

Inna Perepechkin

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

Portland Metro

Administrative Assistant/Russian Translator
503-522-7434
iperepechkin@bakercharters.org

Inna is one of our administrative assistants in the Portland Metro region who also helps us with Russian translation.

Gabby Quinones

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

Southern Region

Administrative Assistant
541-291-7133
gquinones@bakercharters.org

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