Our Staff

Jonathan Oelkers

Jason Ritter

High School Principal | ELD Teacher/Coordinator

I grew up in Enterprise, Oregon.  After high school, I served in the Oregon Army National Guard and obtained my Bachelor’s Degree with a major in History and a minor in American Literature from Oregon State in 2000 and received my Master’s of Arts in Teaching the following year from Western Oregon University. I married the love of my life, my wife Jessica and we have 5 children together. I taught in the North Santiam and Salem-Keizer School Districts from 2001-2014.  I spent much of that time teaching English Language Learners after completing all the coursework and receiving the ESOL teaching endorsement from 2003-2005. In 2014, our family moved to Powell Butte and I began teaching at CCHS.  In 2019, I decided to pursue my Initial Administrative license through the University of Oregon and served as an Assistant Principal at CCHS from 2020-2022.  I am excited to begin my new roles as Principal for GMH and Coordinator/Teacher of our English Learner programs in 2022-23.

Jonathan Oelkers

Jonathan Oelkers

K-8 Principal | Teacher

I graduated from Henley High School in Klamath Falls in 2002.  After high school I earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology from OSU in 2006, where I also completed a master’s degree in Science Education in 2007.  I spent my first 6 years teaching biology at Cascade High School just outside of Salem.  In 2013 I moved my family to Prineville to teach Adv. Biology and Anatomy at CCHS.  Before COVID I started discussing the need for a program like GMH with our superintendent.  After COVID the need become so high that we accelerated our timeline and launched GMH in the summer of 2020. Growing our program has been the highlight of my teaching career, and I feel extremely privileged to be a part of our amazing team.

 

More about Mr. Oelkers

I married my high school sweetheart Jessica in 2004.  We have four energetic boys, and a little girl.  Our family is very involved in our community in both church and soccer.  I serve in the leadership of our church, and I run the Prineville Soccer Club in addition to coaching soccer at CCHS.  During COVID I started a YouTube channel, ‘Rimrock Science’, which I hope to add to in the coming years.  

Support Staff

Kristi

Kristi Breese

Lead Secretary

I have been working for the Crook County School District in some capacity since 2003.  Most recently, I spent 16 years at the high school as an educational assistant, focusing mainly in the math department.  I have had the pleasure of helping so many students earn their diplomas and love seeing how they have grown up and started working within our community.  This last year I had the opportunity to change my role and become the secretary/registrar for Grizzly Mountain HomeLink.  After so many years being hands on in the classroom it has been a change of pace, but I am loving the new challenges and opportunities it has brought me. 

More about Mrs. Breese

I am the mother of two girls, both of which have graduated from Crook County as well as a grandma to two beautiful girls; and another grand baby coming this summer!  My youngest daughter has left me with two rescue cats that run the house. 

In my spare time I enjoy spending time in my greenhouses planting flowers and socializing within the community.  I opened a greenhouse business, Hidden Falls Garden, in 2004 with my late husband and have been running it ever since.  I also enjoy kayaking, playing card games, and traveling. 

I am excited to be a part of this extraordinary team as we grow the program even farther and continue to help students be successful. 

 

Teachers

Michelle Zistel

Teacher

Lanelle Landeros

Teacher

A native Central Oregonian, I spent my childhood summers in Prineville. After graduating from Bend Senior High School, I earned my Associate of Science degree in General Studies from Portland Community College, my Bachelor of Arts in English from Portland State University, and my Master of Arts in Teaching from George Fox University. In 2014, I began teaching English Language Development at Madras High School. In 2017, I moved back to Prineville. While I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Madras, I always looked forward to teaching in my hometown. I am very excited to join Grizzly Mountain HomeLink and serve the community that I call home. I look forward to getting to know and support our GMH students and families as a secondary-level English teacher.

Patricia Wagner

Teacher

Kate Nead

Special Education Teacher

I am a native Oregonian who thoroughly enjoys the active lifestyle offered here. My hobbies include gardening, trail running with my dog, and playing pickleball. I’d rather read than watch a movie, and absolutely despise cooking! My first college degree was a B.S. in Nursing. I enjoyed that work very much with a focus on labor and delivery/newborn care. I then stayed at home to raise my four children. When it was time to return to work I gravitated to teaching. This was my intent when I started college but I got hooked on anatomy/physiology courses. My dad spent the majority of his career as a middle school math teacher so this was something I felt called to do. I graduated with my masters and have worked the past 22 years in special education, predominately at the elementary level. Don’t worry, my years of experience don’t mean I am lacking in energy. I believe that my passion for kids to reach their potential is what I bring to the school team. I witnessed daily the importance of teachers demonstrating that they care for their students through relationship building, clear expectations, and celebrations of success. It is obvious that our GMH families are deeply invested in the education of their children. I consider it an honor to serve alongside this community.

Kayley

Kayley Woosley

Teacher

Born and raised in Crook County, I developed my love for kids and education from an early age. My dream to be a teacher came true in 2019 following working at the school district office, graduating from Western Governors University, and then ascertaining my teaching license. I first taught second grade and now I am working with Grizzly Mountain HomeLink. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with outstanding teachers who are dedicated to enhancing the learning process for the students of Crook County. 

More About Mrs. Woosley

My husband and I live in Prineville with our two dogs, and a son we welcomed in August 2020.  We love the outdoors and spend much of our free time camping. I enjoy running, reading and gardening.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my journey thus far and I am excited to be a part of this new innovative program.

Charlotte

Charlotte St. Clair

Teacher

I am a recent graduate from Grand Canyon University where I received my Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education. I am currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Governors University. I have been in a number of roles working with students over the last 20 years and I am very excited to be part of a team of professionals who share the same passion for teaching and mentoring students as I do!

More about Mrs. St. Clair

My husband and I have been married since 2003 and have 3 amazing children. We love playing board games, camping, kayaking, quading, and going on new adventures together. Our Golden Retriever also enjoys adventures with us and goes almost everywhere we go. In my spare time, I like doing crafts and spending time with my friends and family. I love watching my kids play sports so you will always find me in the stands cheering loudly for them and the many students I have had in the past. 

I am really thrilled to be a part of Grizzly Mountain HomeLink. Building relationships with students and their families is important to me. In this program, I get to do that every day and I value the experience I have with each encounter. Teaching and encouraging students is a passion of mine and I am blessed to be a part of a program that allows me to come alongside families and help one-on-one in specific areas. Prineville is a great community and I am looking forward to this upcoming school year! Go Grizzlies!

Hali

Hali Lockling

Teacher

I attended Eastern Oregon University where I majored in Elementary Education and Multidisciplinary Studies with my certification in ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages). I began my teaching career in Pendleton, Oregon as a Kindergarten Teacher. My Husband and I relocated to Pendleton the summer of 2020 to be closer to family. I was originally going to be a Kindergarten Teacher in Crook County before I took the amazing opportunity to join the Grizzly Mountain HomeLink team!

More about Mrs. Lockling

My husband and I are expecting our first child and are very excited for our daughter to be here at the end of August 2021. We are so lucky to have the support of our families and friends during this big life change! We also have two playful cats at home. 

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and relaxing at home with our  cats! I love doing various arts and crafts when time allows and I have quite the collection of half completed projects laying around that I will one day get to! 

At Grizzly Mountain HomeLink I enjoy making great connections with families and supporting them through the journey of learning at home! It has been amazing working in an environment with such innovative ideas coming to fruition; I can’t wait to see what we will be able to provide for families next! 

Janie

Janie Call

Online Science Teacher

I was raised in Anchorage, Alaska and Graduated from Service High School in 1978. After graduation I went to Montana State University for engineering, transferred to Loma Linda University to pursue Medicine. Then I changed my life direction, married and raised 4 wonderful sons. I decided upon homeschooling and had a wonderful experience teaching them thru high school. During this time, I realized I loved teaching so I went back to school at Washington State University, Vancouver Washington to earn my bachelors in Biology and my teaching certificate for Science. Then it was off to teaching high school science until 2016 when we moved to Bend.

More about Mrs. Call

My boys are all grown now and I could not be prouder of them. My oldest was a Navy Seal, my second is a medic in the Coast, my third son is Para Rescue in the Air Force, and my youngest is a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force.  I am a proud Grandmother of 8 and love every minute of it. 

While my boys were growing up I became a 4-H leader in BeefMasters. It is one of my sons’ fondest memories taking steers to fair and learning how to market their beef. I also have a love for horses and after a divorce decided to go back to Anchorage to run the Equestrian Center in the summers. I met some amazing people and changed my direction again. I went back to school to get my PATH certification to teach equine assisted therapy. This began a wonderful adventure during the summer, teaching and sharing my love of horses. I started with 20 students and 4 helpers and today we see over 80 students and I have around 100 volunteers and 8 horses. I have traveled the Alcan now 22 times with my horses most of them being alone. The stories I could tell about my journeys through Canada with my 8 horses, the breakdowns and the wonderful people who helped me. 

During the winter I have all my horses here in Central Oregon and spend lots of time feeding watering and riding in the Bad Lands. I am also teaching my grandkids to ride and am glad I have such wonderful horses to share with them. I also love to ski and have come to love Mt. Bachelor and Hoodoo. 

This new adventure at Grizzly Mt. HomeLink is a way to put all my life experiences to work.  We want to empower parents to give their children a well-rounded education in a unique setting. We have a wonderful staff and look forward to this exciting journey with you.

Academic Coach

Kim

Kim Waite

Academic Coach

I have been in education for 15+ years in a variety of different roles.   My journey started with getting a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State (Go Beavs), and a Master’s in Education from Eastern Oregon University.  Shortly thereafter, I taught first grade for a few years then graduated to 4th grade for several years.  At that time, I also added a reading endorsement to my credentials. In 2013, I was asked to be the Instructional Coach for an elementary school where I happily served for 5 years.  Then I jumped into Special Education and got a special education endorsement and taught in a resource setting for two years at Barnes Butte Elementary.  Now I am honored to partner with families with Grizzly Mountain HomeLink. 

More about Mrs. Waite

I am blessed to be married with my wonderful husband for 17 years. We have two miracle girls, which keep us in stitches. 

As a native Central Oregonian, I love to take advantage of all that it has to offer.  My family enjoys camping, hiking and kayaking.  With any free time that I may have, I enjoy getting creative with crafts, painting, or planning the next remodel. 

 

School Psychologist 

Leslee Gallion

School Psychologist 

Bio coming soon!

Support Staff

Sherry Lockling

Instructional Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Corrie Hurt

ERC Instructional Assistant

Bio coming soon!

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Grizzly Mountain Homelink

641 E 1st St.

Prineville, Oregon | 97754

P (541) 416-4153