Jesse Watson has been an educator for 21 years. She began her career at the elementary level, teaching music and art to students in grades K-6, later focusing solely on teaching art. After six years of enjoying K-6 students, she made a switch to the sixth-grade classroom. During her transition year, she earned her National Board Certificate and continued to teach sixth grade for seven years. In 2009, Jesse attended Western Governors University to earn a second Master’s Degree and her credentials as a school administrator. Early in 2012, she began teaching online art and English classes to dropout recovery high school students through Graduation Alliance. Later that year, she was also hired as the Executive Director at Sheridan AllPrep Academy (SHAPA), a K-12 online school. She has been with SHAPA for seven years. Jesse is currently working on her Doctorate in Transformational Education through Concordia University and will complete her program in 2021.
Danielle Alvarez has earned a Bachelors of Science in Elementary and Early Childhood Education while on a basketball scholarship from Northwest Christian University and also earned a Masters degree in English Language Learning from Western Governors University. Danielle has experience teaching elementary students, along with mentoring and coaching high school students. Danielle loves finding new ways to motivate students and understands that each student is unique in their own way. She has a passion for helping students meet their goals and succeed in what is most important to them.
Lisa Braun has a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies and a MAME in Mathematical Education. Lisa completed her education at Western Governors University an online accredited university. Lisa used her experience to begin educating her own children, in an online environment. She then started teaching at Sheridan Allprep Academy. Lisa has been a mentor teacher at Sheridan Allprep Academy for 7 years. Lisa’s primary focus is elementary education.
Lisa has a passion for making a difference and changing lives with Education. Lisa works with students and families in creating an individual learning plan for each student. She works with students where they are at, honoring that each child is different and learns differently.
Lisa spends her summers working as a head cook at summer camp with high school age students.
Kale Budgeon graduated in 2017 with his Master’s of Arts degree in School Counseling from Gonzaga University. Immediately following his graduation, Kale joined Sheridan AllPrep Academy (SHAPA) as the School Counselor. The 2019-2020 school year will be his third year as the School Counselor for SHAPA. Kale is also a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Trauma and Crisis Management Specialist. Kale has a passion for reducing the barriers impacting students’ lives and educations and actively advocates for the equitability of every student.
Christine Caponi comes to Sheridan AllPrep Academy with an extensive background in financial/business management. At Sheridan AllPrep academy she serves as the school Business Manager where she is responsible for the effective and efficient administration of the school’s accounting and financial reporting program. She also serves as support staff assisting our teachers. Christine’s background in home education and working with cooperatives has proven to be invaluable to the homeschool families served at Sheridan AllPrep Academy.
I love listening to kids read and receiving hugs and pets from students.
Mrs. Dunten attended Mt. Hood Community College and Eastern Oregon University on a softball scholarship. Then she was able to graduate early and travel and study abroad in Spain for a year. She then returned to Oregon and finished her teaching degree. She has been teaching high school Spanish for the last 8 years. She is married and has 3 children; Piper, Rowan, and Tavyn. Her family lives in rural Hermiston, OR. They enjoy camping, hiking, hunting, and spending time with family in the outdoors. Mrs. Dunten also enjoys running and spending time with her family.
Nessima Gatchalian comes from a strong background in Biochemistry and extensive teaching experience working with children and young adults. She has taught General chemistry for two years at Oregon State University, and has taught various subjects to both elementary and middle school aged students for several years. She has received a BS and an MS in Biochemistry and is currently working towards a second Master’s degree in Teacher and credentials at Pacific University.
She strives to motivate and create a fun experience of learning for the students, to encourage student autonomy, and to become active learners in their education. She works to develop a strong relationship with the students and family members so that we become the best support for our students education and success.
Caren Geiger is Highly Qualified in Elementary, Middle School, Language Arts and Social Studies. She has a BA in Elementary Education and a MEd in Literacy, Curriculum and Instruction. She has extensive classroom experience as well as nine years teaching in a virtual setting. Caren is now working toward her Doctorate in Education in Teacher Leadership.
Caren works to integrate a student’s scholastic learning, family support and community involvement, believing that taking care of the whole child is how we create active, informed participants in life. Honoring that every child is different, each of her students has an individualized plan for education.
Amanda Hulin earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Whitworth University. She earned a Masters of Science in Instructional Design and Technology from Walden University. She has taught middle school and high school mathematics for eleven years. She earned National Board Certification in Advanced Mathematics in 2014. Currently, Amanda lives in Redmond, OR with her husband and two little boys.
Jason Kim is an experienced teacher with a passion to help others discover their purpose and potential. He has a BA in Advertising and Marketing Management from Portland State University and an M.Ed. in Teaching from George Fox University. Jason is the National Honor Society Adviser, as well as CTE certified in Business Management and Administration, Marketing, and Visual. He has previously worked as a School Counselor for 5 years before transitioning to the classroom. He has taught a variety of subjects, such as College/Career Readiness, Business, Marketing, and Computers. He has also been a Student Council Coordinator and Basketball Coach. Jason is a diehard Portland Trail Blazer and Seahawks fan!
Meghan O’Dell-Ream has fifteen years of social studies teaching experience. She is excited to join the SHAPA teaching team. She graduated from Albertson College of Idaho with a B.S. in history and her M.A.T. for education from Lewis and Clark College. Meghan works closely with Classroom Law Project to bring civics education alive and encourage civic engagement. Her favorite aspect of social studies is how students can make powerful connections about today with the past. Meghan has two kids and a dog named River.
Rebecca Swindle is the Director of Technology. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Microbiology and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, specializing in eLearning and Technology. Rebecca is currently completing her Doctorate in Transformational Leadership and expects to finish in the Spring of April 2021. She has worked as a traditional in-classroom teacher as well as an online mentor teacher. Swindle strives to blend online learning with the hands-on inquiry required of science exploration.
As an advocate for the non-traditional learner, Swindle partners with local youth outreach groups to counsel and encourage students in crisis. She provides flexibility, and honors non-traditional learning methods while encouraging excellence.
Amy Van Dyke
Amy Van Dyke’s education includes a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Oregon State University and a Master of Arts in Teaching for 6th – 12th grade Biology, Mathematics and ESOL from Western Oregon University. She focuses on helping and engaging students in science and math learning opportunities.
Susan Watson joined SHAPA in 2018 as the Registrar and Attendance Secretary. She previously spent 17 years in the dental insurance industry as a provider relations representative. Susan places a high value on customer service and strives to assist families, students, and the teaching staff to ensure smooth transitions and clear communications. Susan recently moved to Sheridan where she is greatly enjoying her “semi” retired life.
Annie Wolfe earned a B.A. in English Literature from Whitworth University and a M.A. in Teaching from George Fox University. She has taught high school and middle school English and Social Studies since 2007. Annie is a voracious reader who loves sharing book recommendations and talking about stories with anyone who will listen. She lives in Canby and has three young boys.