Teachers and Educational Specialists
Rosemary Whitney – Electives Teacher, Education Specialist
I was homeschooled for all 12 grades, graduated from Rogue Community College, and then attended Corban University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. When I’m not working, volunteering, or traveling, I spend my time reading, studying history, dancing, telling stories, and teaching myself various hobbies that were made obsolete sometime around the Industrial Revolution. I love working at REACH because it has a very flexible program that is easily tailored to the needs, strengths, and interests of the individual student; no matter how unique they are!
Mindy White – Spanish Teacher, Education Specialist
In college, I studied Aeronautical Science, and graduated from LeTourneau University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree. After finishing at LeTourneau, I went on to earn an unaccredited Bachelor of Arts degree in Intercultural Ministries.
I am married and have home schooled my 4 kids. We started schooling with REACH in 2014. I lived in Paraguay, South America for 2 1/2 years with my family while our family studied Spanish. I am now using that Spanish at REACH as the Spanish teacher. I love REACH because it is a great blend of homeschooling and public school.
Craig Warren – Electives Teacher, Education Specialist
This is my 6th year teaching at REACH. Prior to being here, I was in medical sales for 30 years, teaching physicians and nursing staff about new diseases and therapies.
For fun, I enjoy rafting, having completed the Snake river and 20 or more trips down the “wild and scenic” section of the Rogue, and working with wood and metal.
What I enjoy at REACH is the students and the relationships you can build with them, being more of a mentor than a “teacher”. I also enjoy the flexibility that I have to create classes that may interest students and me.
Leah Livdahl – Elementary Education Specialist
I was born and raised in MinnesOOtaaa. I always knew I wanted to work with children, always. I obtained my undergraduate degree from MSUM in 2011. After graduating, I was the Executive Director of a Learning Center until my husband and I moved to Oregon. I loved connecting with children and their families which lead me to REACH in 2014 and I knew that the model was just up my alley. My education philosophy is to stimulate a learning environment that fosters confidence and encourages children to reach their full potential. Within the last year, I earned my Masters in Education and we received FOUR amazing children. They are the light of our lives and we couldn’t imagine life without them!
Tina Ferris – Education Specialist
I am the K-2nd grade Educational Specialist. My favorite subject to teach is reading! My daughter has attended REACH for 6 years and is now a freshman. She is working hard to graduate early, so I am excited to see her in the class of 2020!
Anyone who has seen me around town has probably also seen my blind and deaf Chihuahua, Jackie. He needs extra help, so sometimes I take him shopping or to classes. He is my best friend.
In my spare time, I teach youth ballroom dance at the Rogue River Community Center. I have been teaching dance for over 25 years now! If you are interested in learning anything from swing to tango, talk to me. I can tell you how to get started!
Brad Elkins – Science Teacher, Education Specialist
I grew up in Nevada, hunting, fishing and enjoying life. I earned my Associates degree at RCC in Respiratory Care. I then worked at RVMC as I completed my Bachelor’s degree in education and science.
I have two beautiful children that are the light of my life. We love to play Legos and watch Star Wars. We also enjoy camping at the coast, going hunting up in the hills and playing at the various parks.
I enjoy teaching at REACH School because of the philosophy of learning. I love the idea of parents being actively involved in their children’s education. This provides an opportunity for a well-rounded learning experience from both the classroom and the home.
Jeremy Biggs – Math Teacher, Education Specialist
I have been in the educational field for 9 years, doing everything from volunteering to being an athletics coach and Educator. Between this and my diverse other work experiences, I have a developed a better understanding of my students, their families, and the diverse background which we all come from.
Outside of work I can be found fishing the banks of several different lakes, streams, or rivers with my son; playing with my daughter at park; or even having a night out on the town with my wonderful wife and best friend. The most enjoyable part, for me, at REACH is developing long lasting relationships and helping students develop the skills necessary to succeed in life after high school.