• Bend Faculty

  • Michelle Jenkins

    Kinder LCC


    Most of Michelle’s Teaching Career was spent in The Central Valley and Central Coast of California. While teaching in California she used many Guided Language Acquisition Strategies to support her Second Language Learners from 2nd to 8th grade. She also taught 3rd grade in Centralia, Washington and was a Title 1 teacher in Portland before moving to beautiful Bend!  Bend has been her home since 2008.  Here she worked for the Redmond School District and taught 4th grade for 6 years.  For the last few years she has been able to stay at home and raise her two youngest daughters (ages 3 and 5) and found she has a passion for these very young learners! The “Wonder Years” as she likes to call them is such a special and short time in our children’s lives so she feels very privileged to be teaching Kindergarten at Bridge Charter Academy this year! When not teaching Michelle can be found hanging out with her family, having tea parties with her girls, hiking with the family dog Jack, floating the river, or exploring our beautiful area!

  • Kerry Hinton-Graham

    1st - 2nd LCC


    I am so excited to be a part of the Bridge Charter Academy as the 1- 2 teacher! I have taught those grades in Malibu, California, as well as in Redmond and Bend! Not to forget in my own home, as a home educating mom for the past 16 years! I have also worked as a counselor for children, teens and families the past four years. So, you can see that teaching and children are my passion. I have graduated two of my four kids and look forward to supporting you on your journey. When not teaching, I love camping, traveling, planting flowers, reading, crafting and cooking! 

  • Michelle Bechtel

    3rd - 5th LCC


    Michelle is from Walla Walla, Wa. She graduated from Walla Walla University with an Elementary Education degree in 2007 and followed that with a Masters of Arts in Teaching with a reading endorsement in 2016. She has taught every subject for grades 1-6 as well as spending two years as a K-12 PE teacher and Athletic Director. She has also had the privilege of teaching and learning overseas! For the past four years she has taught a multi-age classroom of 4th-6th graders on Orcas Island, Wa. 
        Michelle has a passion for a growth mindset and teaching students and adults alike that our brains are made to learn and grow! Music is a passion she includes in the classroom whenever possible. Besides teaching, Michelle enjoys playing sports of all kinds, camping, biking, kayaking and all kinds of other outdoor activities. She is very excited to be here in Bend and working with Bridge Charter Academy families!     

  • Jody Shell

    6th-8th LCC


    Jody has lived in Oregon most of her life, and even went to middle and high school in Bend. She graduated from Western Oregon University with a degree in education (K-8). She also studied literacy for the adolescent learner in a graduate program, and is just finishing her MA in English through Ohio University. She has a passion for literacy, education, and working with students from all ability and motivation levels. Jody believes in the philosophy that all students can learn, and she strives to meet students where they are, and inspire them to have a deep curiosity and love for learning. Jody spent the last two years working just outside of Washington, D.C., where she taught academic literacy, and advanced English to middle school students. She has a special love for 6th-8th grade students, and feels very lucky to be a part of Bridge Charter Academy.

         In her spare time, Jody loves to volunteer with local theatre groups, including Bend Experimental Art Theatre, where she has helped with 13 shows! She volunteers for local animal shelters and rescue organizations. She also loves spending time with her children (Ava, 14; and Austin, 21), her husband and animals. She especially loves being outside in the Central Oregon air, exploring lakes, trails, secret swimming spots, and caves. She is very grateful to have grown up in such a beautiful place. 

  • Kellen Sherwood

    9th - 11th LCC, High School Lead


    Kellen graduated from George Fox University with a Master’s Degree in Teaching with a 4.0 GPA. She completed two Bachelor’s Degrees from the University of California, Irvine in Biological Sciences and Philosophy. She loves languages and has studied French, Arabic, and Spanish. Before becoming a teacher, Kellen worked as a Medical Assistant in Dermatology and Primary Care, in both California and Oregon.
        Kellen believes that all students are sense-makers, and when their natural curiosities and thought processes are honored, their enjoyment of learning will flourish. She especially enjoys sharing the wonders and beauty of math and science, and has a special interest in working with at-risk and high-needs students. In her free time, Kellen enjoys getting outdoors with her husband Corey. Their favorite adventures often involve some combination of camping, hiking, skiing, mountain biking, paddling, rock climbing, and trail running.

  • Donese Pogue

    SPED / Kinder TA


    Donese is a native of Bend and has always had a deep appreciation for the natural beauty, clean air and water, and the abundance of natural wildlife in the Central Oregon region. She attended Lewis and Clark College where she earned a Teaching License, and earned a Master’s Degree and an Administrative License from the University of Oregon. Donese has taught in public and private schools, tutored, and owned an educational bookstore for many years. Over the past seven years, she has been a regional coordinator for the Oregon Battle of the Books program.

    Donese, along with two other team members, has been working diligently to open a public charter school in Bend for over 2 years that will serve the homeschooling community. Now, in partnership with Bridge Charter Academy in Lowell, Oregon, this has become a reality! She looks forward to the success and positive impact The Bridge will have in the Central Oregon community.

    Donese has three children, Daria, Darren, and Delaney. She loves talking about and hanging out with her kids. She never misses a good yard sale or book sale where she is on the hunt for books for the school library!