• Bend Campus Staff

  • John VonDoloski

    Executive Director

    jvondo@bridgecharter.com

    John VonDoloski and his wife, Jessica, are passionate homeschoolers with twelve children. Previously, John has served as the Founder, Executive Director, and Chairman of the Board at Logos Charter School in Medford, OR. John has a contagious love for learning and thoroughly enjoys equipping students to find purpose and direction in life.

  • Deidre Crabtree

    Principal - Bend Campus

    dcrabtree@bridgecharter.com

    Deidre began her career in education in 2004 and has worked in a wide variety of educational realms since then. She joined the Bridge family in June, 2018 and currently serves as the Bend campus principal. Previously, Deidre has worked as an outdoor educator and also taught abroad in Munich, Germany. When Deidre returned to California, she taught 4th grade and then spent an additional five years teaching biology and health to at-risk high school students. In July of 2017, Deidre, her husband Greg, and their two young children, moved to Bend, Oregon.

    Deidre considers herself a biology nerd and loves to listen to podcasts. She completed her higher education at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, where she earned a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Administration, in addition to a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. She holds teaching licenses in Biology, Health, and Multiple Subjects K-8. In Deidre’s spare time, she chases after her kids, but also loves to indulge in reading, running, and exploring the great outdoors.

  • Jenny Bridges

    Curriculum Coordinator

    jbridges@bridgecharter.com

    Jenny grew up in beautiful Central Oregon and moved away to Orange County, California in 1999 to attend Vanguard University where she graduated with her Bachelors Degree in Liberal Arts and a minor in Sociology.  She loved the area so much she decided to stay. She taught 1st grade for 11 years at a charter school that serviced mainly low-income families. She loves teaching, reading and writing to beginners, and is amazed at the process of learning that children go through.  

    In 2013 she returned to Vanguard for her Masters in Curriculum Design and Teacher Leadership. In summer of 2015, being married and with an infant son and two dogs in tow, she wanted to move into something part time. She joined a charter school that serviced homeschool families, similar to BCA. It was a dream job - teaching K-8 students in a variety of subjects as well as being a support to parents who were the primary educators.

    In June 2018, just a few months after her second boy was born, Jenny moved back to Bend to raise them in the great outdoors and to be closer to family.  She is loving the accessibility of the lakes, rivers, hiking, and the mountain views! The boys are now 4yrs, and 1 yr, respectively, and in their spare time Jenny and her husband enjoy taking the kids outside to find adventure and enjoy the fresh air!

    Jenny is thrilled to work at BCA and is loves being a part of a teaching community and supporting all the wonderful families.

     

  • Taron Spaulding

    K-2 Learning Coordinator

    tspaulding@bridgecharter.com

    From the time Mrs. Spaulding was little, all she ever wanted to do was be a teacher.  There is nothing that makes her heart happier than being around children. Taron’s teaching career started as a substitute teacher working for High Desert ESD in Bend, Oregon.  She has taught multiple grades and truly enjoys the uniqueness that each one has to offer. Taron has held multiple long-term positions in both middle school and elementary school.  Her true passion is the younger grades and that is why she worked towards receiving a Reading Specialist endorsement, as well as an ELL endorsement. Taron also have a Masters of Science in Education from Eastern Oregon University. Her main focus during her Masters program was on parent involvement and that is one reason she is so excited to work at Bridge Charter Academy, as she already has parents who are 100% involved!  Mrs. Spaulding has lived in Bend for a total of 13 years and in Oregon most her life (except for two years when she lived in Lewiston, Idaho where she received her Bachelor’s Degree). Taron was born and raised in Eastern Oregon and loves the great outdoors.  Taron and her husband have two amazing children, one sweet boxer dog and a rotten cat. They love spending time traveling together and playing board games. Mrs. Spaulding can’t wait to get to love on your babies, watch them grow and be there to support you in whatever way she can.  Here’s to a great year at B.C.A.!

  • Nicole Creamer

    3rd - 5th Learning Coordinator

    ncreamer@bridgecharter.com

    Nicole Creamer is a native to Central Oregon. She grew up exploring this beautiful area; camping, hiking and fishing with her family. While in high school, Nicole found a passion for working with children. Following that passion, Nicole became a nanny which eventually took her to Colorado, where she met her husband. Her husband was in the military, which allowed them to travel all over. Her professional experience continued to support children and families, as she worked in the field of social work. In 2013, she obtained her B.A. in Psychology, from the University of South Florida. Nicole always planned to return to her home state, so in 2013 her family moved to Bend, where they currently reside. For the past six years, she has worked for High Desert ESD, as a First Step Consultant, helping to support children and families throughout the area. She spent time in many classrooms and worked with some of the best teachers in the district, inspiring her to obtain her Masters in Teaching from OSU Cascades.

    Nicole has two daughters, and strives to instill the importance of a healthy lifestyle in them. Her interests include health and nutrition, cooking, mountain biking, soccer, yoga and music. She has a love of adventure, and seeks out every opportunity to be outdoors, discovering new places. She is excited to be a part of the BCA community and looks forward to supporting children and families in their personal learning journey. 

  • Hattie Linman

    6th-8th Grade Learning Coordinator

    hlinman@bridgecharter.com

    https://sites.google.com/bridgecharter.com/bcalinam/home

    Hattie Linam currently serves as Bridge Charter Academy’s Middle School Learning Coordinator. Her career in education began in 2010 when she started tutoring college students with learning disabilities. Since then, she has taught at various levels in the K-12 setting, and has had the opportunity to create and implement dynamic, experiential learning programs to help prepare students for life beyond the classroom. Hattie is passionate about creating unique and engaging instruction that responds to both student needs and interests. In addition to her classroom work, she has served the community through sitting on advisory boards, teaching university courses, and presenting at local and national conferences. 
     
    Hattie recently relocated to Central Oregon from Arizona. The cooler climate, access to the outdoors, and clean air called to her. She and her husband are excited to be raising their son and fur babies in such close proximity to the beautiful Cascades. On weekends, you’re likely to find Hattie at a local coffee shop, book store, or yoga studio. She also enjoys hiking, camping, and making jewelry. 

     

  • Jessica Schimmoller

    9th-12th Grade Learning Coordinator & Math Support

    jschimmoller@bridgecharter.com

    After finding her passion tutoring and volunteering with youth organizations, Jessica Schimmoller chose to work in education. She enjoys sharing knowledge, encouraging growth, and helping teens become successful young adults.

    Mrs. Schimmoller has been with Bridge Charter Academy for two years and is excited to take on the role of High School Learning Coordinator. As the High School Learning Coordinator she will be the person to talk to about our high school program at Bridge Charter Academy. She can help with questions regarding high school planning, graduation, and accessing our brilliant high school staff members. After working with Bridge Charter Academy’s High School for the last two years, Mrs. Schimmoller has become passionate about the unique opportunities our model presents for our students. She looks forward to helping students navigate those opportunities to reach their full potential in high school.

    Mrs. Schimmoller will also be helping with our high school Math Subject Support classes. As a student, she always enjoyed math. As a tutor, she hopes to inspire students to find an individual connection to math in a way that will make it more enjoyable (even just a little bit) to approach the subject.

    Outside of the classroom she loves complicated board games, coffee shops, and baking. She still volunteers with organizations such as the Youth Choir of Central Oregon and she loves taking trips to Disneyland. She looks forward to a great school year getting to know you!

     

  • Karen Heigel

    Dual Credit Coordinator, High School Math

    kheigel@bridgecharter.com

    What have you learned today? That is always a favorite topic around the dinner table at the Heigel house. Karen’s goal as an educator is to encourage every student to see the value and possibilities open to them in becoming a life-long learner.

    An Oregon native, Karen graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Computer Science and then headed south to the Silicon Valley to work as a Software Engineer. While she enjoyed the challenges of working on large software projects supporting local aerospace companies, she decided she loved education more. Karen returned to school to earn a Teaching Credential in Math, Science, and Computer Science from California State University - East Bay.

    After teaching all levels of math in a variety of settings in both California and Oregon, Karen recently joined Bridge Charter Academy as the High School Math Teacher of Record and the Dual Credit Coordinator. She feels very fortunate to get to spend her days helping students see the beauty of mathematics and encouraging them as they get a head start on their college education. Karen loves living in Central Oregon with her family nearby. Hiking, kayaking, reading, and high-desert gardening are all challenges she enjoy on her time off. Everyday is another opportunity to learn something new!

  • Annie Danaher

    High School Writing, French, and Physical Science

    adanaher@bridgecharter.com

    Annie (Marianne) Danaher is the high school educational assistant, writing support teacher, earth space science/physical science teacher and wearer of many hats at Bridge Charter Academy, Bend. Annie’s post high school education started with a BA in English, French and Education and minors in Math and History from University of Portland in Portland Oregon. Later, she worked on a Masters in Psychology and an AA in Forestry. Recently, she completed NASA STEM training at University of Washington. She has taught elementary school in a one room schoolhouse in Montana, middle school math and language arts in Spokane WA and high school English, math and French in Bend Oregon. Annie has taught cooking classes for the COCC continuing education department and worked as a writing tutor for OSU Cascades. She enjoys working with a wide variety of people and subjects.

    Annie’s personal interests and hobbies are also eclectic. Early in her career, she lived in a tent, then a Quonset hut while she worked with an enthusiastic crew to build a log house in the backwoods of Montana. Some years later, she designed and built her own house. For the last decade or so, she has enjoyed drawing, painting, sculpting and writing. She loves to hike and to share meals with family and friends on the weekends.

  • April Gouldsbrough

    Learning Specialist

    agouldsbrough@bridgecharter.com 

    April is so excited to be a part of the BCA Team! As the Learning Specialist she will support students and families who qualify for special education services K-12. She wholeheartedly believes that every child has potential and deserves the right to an education. In her position, she will dedicate herself to improve the academic and social potential of each student by supporting them in their least restrictive educational setting in order for them to be confident and productive lifelong learners.

    She first started her teaching career in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education working with children ages birth to age 5. For the better half of her career she has worked with school age students kindergarten through high school. She also had the opportunity to work abroad in Doha, Qatar for two years.

    April was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and is the youngest of five children. All her siblings and her parents live here in Oregon. She didn’t go far for College, she stayed right here in Oregon attending Warner Pacific College for her undergraduate degree and attended Portland State University for her graduate/master’s degree in Special Education. Her and her husband Paul celebrated 25 years together and have two amazing children, Liam and Riley. Her son Liam attends Oregon State University and her daughter Riley attends Bend Senior High School. April lives by these words ~

    “TEACH IN THE WAY A CHILD LEARNS, DON’T FORCE A CHILD TO LEARN IN THE WAY WE TEACH.” Special Ed Resource.com

      

  • Emma Edgren

    Educational Assistant

  • Janet Simmons

    Office Coordinator

    jsimmons@bridgecharter.com

    Janet was born and raised in Southern California. Most of her career has been in the Banking Industry. She moved to Bend, Oregon in 2003 to get away from the hustle and bustle and give her family all the benefits of Central Oregon living. She loves kayaking, hiking, fishing and most outdoor activities. She has a history of volunteer work with the Red Cross working for emergency services. She is glad to be part of such a great community and looks forward to the up coming years to working with this great staff, parents and students.  

  • Stacey Cook

    Childcare