OUR AMAZING TEACHERS

Rosemary Whitney

Electives Teacher, Academic Advisory Teacher

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, Science, & Academic Advisory Teacher

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 homeschooled 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, Academic Advisory Teacher

This is my 8th 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 Academic Advisory Teacher

I was born and raised in Minnesota. 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

Academic Advisory Teacher

I am one of the Elementary Academic Advisory Teacher. My favorite subject to teach is reading! My daughter has attended REACH for 7 years and is now a junior. 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!

Lauren Arnold

Place-Based Learning Teacher, K-4

I grew up in and love the Rogue Valley. After graduating from high school I went on to complete my Bachelors and Masters degrees at Southern Oregon University in Elementary Education and Teaching. This will be my first year teaching, but not my first year working with students. Before becoming a teacher I worked in after school programs and tutored struggling students.

When I am not at school I enjoy reading with my fur baby kitten Milo, getting outside, and trying new food. I love the opportunity to try new things and see new places.

What excites me most about teaching at REACH is the opportunity to enable each student to succeed. Individualized teaching and time throughout the day to interact with students. One on one allows me to get to know each student and find what makes them successful.
I am so excited for this journey and excited to meet you and your children!

Jason Campbell

Academic Advisory Teacher

Jason graduated from SOU in 2015. He has been with REACH School for 3 years. What he loves most about REACH is the individualized learning atmosphere. Before becoming a teacher he was in sales for 15+ years. After college, he first worked in social services and was a part of the Jackson County Child Abuse Task Force and supervised a residential boy’s home for troubled youth. He has five children of his own; so with work, school, and family he does not have a ton of free time for extra hobbies. He does find some time to travel and he is a motorcycle enthusiastic. If you are taking one of his onsite classes you may hear a corny math joke or two!

John Keiffer

Academic Advisory Teacher

John is a 2001 GPHS graduate who has lived in the Grants Pass are for most of his life. John achieved his A.A. in General Studies from College of the Siskiyous at Weed in 2007, his B.A. in English Literature from the University of Oregon at Eugene in 2012, and finished up his M.A. in Secondary Education with the University of Phoenix Online in 2018.

John is currently married, and has one wee red headed barbarian princess. When John is not at work or attempting to mitigate the tempers of the barbarian princess, he likes to read, write, backpack, talk about himself in the third person, and play Dungeons and Dragons.

John views REACH as a fantastic opportunity for students to further their education and is enthusiastic about being an active part of helping students achieve their educational goals.

Courtney Waugh

Academic Advisory Teacher

Courtney was born in Santa Barbara, CA. and raised in the Rogue Valley and attended Southern Oregon University, graduating in 2009 with a Masters Degree in Teaching. For the next couple of years she subbed in local schools until gaining a full time teaching position in Arizona, where she taught 4th, 5th and 6th grades for four years. Courtney married her husband, Phil, in 2012 and they had their first baby girl, Sophia, in 2013. This led Courtney to yearn for home and family once again, and she returned to Oregon in 2015. Once back in the Rogue Valley, she taught two years of Kindergarten before having her second baby girl, Stephanie, in 2017. At that time, she opened her own childcare so she could be home with her girls while they were young. Sophia is starting Kindergarten this year, so Courtney figured it was a good time to return to teaching. She is excited to be on board with REACH and is looking forward to the ability to teach children one-on-one and provide them with the opportunity to learn at their individual pace and level.

Naomi Cordeiro

School Counselor

Naomi went to University of Hawaii West Oahu and graduated with a degree in Psychology. Her family moved to Oregon from Hawaii in 2019. She worked in the school system in Hawaii for 5 years before moving to Oregon.

In her free time she enjoys staying active with her husband and son, including traveling and day trip adventures. She and her family enjoy going to Disneyland for a yearly family vacation. Naomi and her family spend weekends adventuring around different places in Oregon. If you showed up at her home, you may find her in the kitchen baking cookies with her son. Naomi loves how REACH offers personalized learning including learning from home and classes on campus.

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