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Jonathan Oelkers

Jonathan Oelkers

Program Coordinator

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.  

Michelle Zistel

Vice Principal

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. 

 

Carolyn

Carolyn Dunaway

Instructional Assistant II

My name is Carolyn Dunaway and I have been a part of Crook County School District for 24 years, 18 of those at Ochoco Elementary, where I was the Librarian.  I spent the last 5 as the media specialist at Barnes Butte Elementary, before joining GMH this year. 

More about Mrs. Dunaway

I was raised in Crook County, and attended 1st-12th grade in Prineville. My husband and I have two children that attended school in Prineville as well.  My hobbies outside of work include reading, walking with my husband Ty and our Irish Setter Scully and puzzles.  I am excited to be an Instructional Assistant with Grizzly Mountain HomeLink.

Teachers

Kim

Kim Waite

Teacher

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. 

 

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!

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.

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.

Charlene

Charlene Walker

Teacher

I am a 1983 graduate of Crook County High School. After high school, I attended COCC where I received my Associates of Arts degree. Years later I enrolled in distance learning with Eastern Oregon University through OSU-Cascades and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree and a Masters of Teaching degree. In 2006 I became a teacher with the Crook County School District. My first year of teaching at CCSD was in special education. From there I moved into the 8th grade science position and spent the next 13 years there. I joined the Grizzly Mountain HomeLink team when the school opened in 2020.

More About Mrs. Walker

My husband and I have been married since 1988. After 20 years of marriage we adopted our 3 children at the ages of 2, 3 and 4. It has been a whirlwind of activity ever since. Our family lives on a small farm outside of Prineville where we raise sheep and cattle along with horses, chickens, dogs and a few barn cats. We love the agricultural lifestyle and wanted to raise our children this way.

I like to spend my free time supporting my kids in their activities with the 4-H horse and beef programs, along with the various sports in which they choose to participate. When I am not watching my kids, you can find me in my garden or making soap and lotion using the milk from our East Friesian dairy sheep.

It has been a great joy to be a foundational part of the Grizzly Mountain HomeLink program. I look forward to continuing to develop a positive culture and community to serve the families of Crook County.

 

Support Staff

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Lisa Simono

Instructional Assistant II

This is my third year working for the Crook County School District and my first year working at the Grizzly Mountain Home School program.  My passion is helping our youngest students in special education.  I am amazed at their complexity, their simplicity, and their unique learning challenges.  I love being their advocate, boosting their confidence, and seeing them learn.  I’m sure everyone will agree that this year’s online instruction has been like no other.   I, for one, am thankful for the unique opportunity to deliver individually created classes that can best serve each SPED student’s individual goal.

More about Mrs. Simono

My husband and I moved from Alaska to Prineville in 2014.  Skip was returning to his boyhood stomping grounds and I was looking forward to a new adventure.   I retired after almost twenty years working in public health communications.  Over the years, I spent a lot of time working with the CDC and the National Public Health Information Coalition so when a brand new corona virus hit it was no surprise to me when schools were shut down, followed by social distancing and business closure.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in administration, a Master’s degree in Pacific Rim Study from Alaska Pacific University and I consider myself a life-long learner.  My experience is varied:  I served as liaison between  state, federal, local profit and non-profit agencies, served on several boards, volunteered for AmeriCorps, provided marketing expertise for Alaskan health programs, owned and operated a successful bed and breakfast and provided instructional support for students in a small rural school with one teacher.

Tracey Dixon

ERC Teacher

While I am not a true Crook County native (moving here in 1979), I did graduate from Crook County High School in 1985. I moved away for a short time, returning in 1992 with a husband and family in tow, and we have lived here since. I began teaching at High Desert Christian Academy (then known as Crook County Christian School) in 1998, where I worked until 2017. While there, I earned my Elementary Education degree from University of Phoenix, graduating in 2018. Since then, I have been employed with High Desert Educational Services as a substitute and Crook County School District as a Special Education teacher. I will graduate with my Master’s in Special Education from Western Governor’s University in January 2022.

More about Mrs. Dixon

On a personal note:

I have been married to my wonderful husband for 33 years. We have four children—two boys and two girls, who grew up and now have children of their own. We currently have twelve grandkids 😊 I love to kayak and go to as many lakes as possible when the weather allows!