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CORE Butte Staff

Mary Cox - Executive Director

In education it is not often that you are given an opportunity to personalize an academic program for each of your students, at CORE we are given this opportunity daily. I enjoy getting to know the families and students on both an academic and personal level, while working together as a team to create a unique and dynamic educational experience. CORE is an incredible place and I truly look forward to many more years here.
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Matthew Harvey - High School Director

I feel so grateful to work at CORE. I love working with students to help them navigate their way through school, as well as helping them grow as people. CORE has given me a great opportunity to meet each student's individual needs and help them to find success in academics, while also giving them opportunities to pursue other passions they might have.
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Linda Scherba - TK-8 School Director

I love to design an academic program special and unique for each of my students. I enjoy providing opportunities that encourage students to reach for their greatest potential.
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Shelley Albright - Education Specialist/PLT

It's a complete honor to join the Core Butte family as an Education Specialist for the 2015-2016 school year, and beyond. Since 1997, I've been teaching in Special Education settings with students of all ages, K-12. To be able to work directly with families to create an individualized education plan for their child/children is a journey of excitement that I'm thrilled to embark on at Core. Outside of school, you'll most likely find me in "Mom Mode", with my three amazing kids, and my two pugs, Archie and Georgia Bell.
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Cheryl Allagree - Instructional Specialist

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Konnie Barker - Personalized Learning Teacher

I am so excited to be working for CORE! I have been a teacher for over 22 years and I love to make learning fun. My favorite part of being a teacher is seeing a student's face light up when they discover a solution to a challenging problem or learn a new concept. In my spare time I enjoy being with my family, camping, swimming, reading, running and hiking. I look forward to partnering with families to provide an exceptional individualized learning experience. It is going to be a great year!
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Shannon Beattie - Office Technician

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Natalie Behr - Personalized Learning Teacher

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Nancy Boian - Instructional Specialist

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Scott Bootman - Instructional Specialist

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Marlene Brenden - High School Counselor/PLT

I feel like I have found home working with CORE Schools! I work for a school that honors the whole child; a place that individualizes instruction, so that each student can learn, grow, and feel successful. I began a path of professional growth 20 years ago that led me to this school. When I looked at CORE's philosophy, mission statement and curriculum I was amazed at how much of what they offered and believed in, I had studied over the years and incorporated into my own teaching philosophy. All children can learn and their learning can be enhanced while focusing on their strengths and addressing their individual needs.
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Mandy Bryant - Counseling Registrar

I have been in the education industry since 2007, when I started working in private education at the college level. Education is such a powerful gift and I love being a part of supporting each individual in reaching their fullest potential. CORE truly supports the whole student through it's dynamic program. I am delighted to work with such a wonderful staff and look forward to supporting the families of CORE!
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Laurajean Burnside - Personalized Learning Teacher

The 2016-2017 year marks my 6th year teaching mathematics. I am thrilled to be joining the CORE community this fall as a Personalized Learning Teacher. I have previously taught at a public school, private school, and charter school. CORE is a combination of all the things I have loved about each unique teaching environment. I thrive in a collaborative environment where the teachers really care about their students and proactively work with students to establish an education that is tailored to his or her needs. I truly believe every student is different, thus every student’s course of learning is unique. I strive to create a powerful learning environment that empowers students of diverse backgrounds through rigorous curricula to graduate from high school as well-rounded, contributing members of their communities. I am overjoyed to join the CORE Butte community this year!
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Amber Catren - Office Assistant

I started my journey with CORE as a parent in 2012, and within a year I was hired as the Paradise Educational Assistant. While there, I worked with amazing co-workers, students, and families. In June of 2016, I transitioned to the Chico administrative office and have enjoyed being in my new position. I feel very fortunate to be part of such a progressive and unique school, with such wonderful people! In my personal time I enjoy drawing, painting, writing, and spending time with my family and friends. I am married to my best friend, have 3 Earthly children, 1 Heavenly son, and 3 fantastic grand babies. I am blessed! "I will hold myself to a standard of grace, not perfection" ~Author Unknown
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Delena Cavaness - Personalized Learning Teacher

Individualized learning is an exciting and innovative alternative to traditional education. Parents have the opportunity to be involved in the process, and students can pursue their interests and tailor their schedules, maximizing their education. I enjoy the intimate involvement with students and parents that individualized learning provides.
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Karen Chandler - Personalized Learning Teacher

I feel blessed to have been a part of CORE since the beginning. I love the ever changing nature of the job and enjoy working with students, parents and staff to develop personalized strategies for each student. My primary area of interest is high school English.
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Kelly Clarke - Personalized Learning Teacher

I am thrilled to begin a new teaching and learning adventure at CORE Butte Charter school. I am looking forward to working alongside parents to make their child’s educational experience as rich and rewarding as possible. In my spare time I can be found chasing around three teenagers of my own, boating or kayaking on the Sacramento River, reading, and playing tennis or volleyball.
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Geri Clements - Personalized Learning Teacher

I have been with CORE since 2004. I love working for CORE because it gives me the opportunity to work with individual students and their families to explore ways of learning that are not always available in a larger classroom.
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Tim Connaughton - Computer Applications / Software Technician

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Mary Cox - Executive Director

In education it is not often that you are given an opportunity to personalize an academic program for each of your students, at CORE we are given this opportunity daily. I enjoy getting to know the families and students on both an academic and personal level, while working together as a team to create a unique and dynamic educational experience. CORE is an incredible place and I truly look forward to many more years here.
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Bob Davidson - Instructional Specialist

I retired from the consumer electronics repair industry after over 30 years of service. I have repaired everything from AM radios to CD players, and black and white to flat screen TVs. Even after retiring, electronics is still my main interest and hobby. Technology is fascinating and changing at a very rapid pace. I am excited to be able to share my experience and my passion and hope I’ll have the opportunity to inspire the next Steve Wozniak.
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Danielle Deffina - Registrar

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Jen Doerr - Personalized Learning Teacher

Encouraging and facilitating homeschool families is a dream job! I have worked in a traditional high school, jr. high, elementary school, and preschool; however it wasn’t until I arrived at CORE in 2008 that I saw the vast possibilities of personalized, student and parent lead education. I hold a degree in Liberal Studies from Chico State, credentials in geoscience and biology, and my specialty areas are the 6-12th grade sciences. I have gained so much experience at CORE by working with families who have all shared a great desire to personalize their child’s educational experience to ensure meaningful success.
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Katie Dollinger - Enrollment Registrar

I have worked for CORE since 2011 as the student registrar. CORE is a school unlike any other where students, parents, teachers, and the administration are a close-knit community. I love working for an organization where we continue to put the success of our students in the forefront of every decision made. I feel truly blessed to be apart of this team.
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Sarah Donnelly - School Librarian

I really love books! Since 2002, I have been working in the CORE library; and I hope every student gains the joy of reading with our broad selection of books. In addition to running the lending library, I assist teachers in providing the most effective curriculum and textbook choices for each personalized student learning program.
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Katrina DuVal - Personalized Learning Teacher

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Terri Emmons - Personalized Learning Teacher

I am very excited to have the privilege to partner with parents in the education of their children. I have 20 years experience in Elementary Education, as well as experience with Jr. High and High School students. I have worked at CORE in a variety of roles for several years and have been impressed with wide variety experiences that are available to students, and how the program can flex to fit each student and family. I love to serve families as a Personalized Learning Teacher as they strive to create the best educational experience for their children.
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Debra Evans - Office Assistant

I really enjoy working at CORE's K-8 Humboldt Center where I work in the school office. CORE Butte Charter School offers homeschooling families such a unique educational opportunity. I am very fortunate to work with such a dedicated group of teachers and staff.
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Bree Evans - Instructional Specialist

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Karen Fox - Instructional Specialist

Karen Fox holds a BS in Theater with a Musical Theater Minor from Southern Oregon University. She spent three summers studying improv at The Second City, Improv Olympic, and performing at Jam nights at Music Comedy Live. She works as a professional actor in the bay area and teaches Improv and acting classes at Bay Area Children's Theater in Oakland. She is so happy to be developing a Theater Arts program for CORE.
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Kirsten Frudden - Personalized Learning Teacher

I am currently going into my 6th year teaching at CORE and have loved every minute of it. Having smaller classes and individualized instruction helps to ensure student confidence as well as success. It is amazing to see teachers, parents, and students all working together to create the best educational path that fits each student's individual needs.
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Lori Gaines - Director of Special Programs

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Nicole Garcia - Personalized Learning Teacher

I am one of the CORE Butte Charter FFA Advisors and AG teachers. I look forward getting your daughter or son involved in our AG program. I am really excited about starting my new journey with CORE and can't wait to have a great school year!
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Carrie Gausemel - Speech / Language Specialist

Speech Therapy at CORE is fun and rewarding! The students and I play games, learn new vocabulary, practice correct pronunciation, do exercises for our talking muscles, role play conversations, and improve our listening skills. When I am away from my kids at CORE, I enjoy my own awesome children and husband. We love to hike, golf, and camp together. We also enjoy tubing in the summer and sledding in the winter.
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Brandon Greene - Personalized Learning Teacher

This is my first year at CORE and I feel grateful to be a part of the CORE family. It is truly an amazing place to work. Having taught in traditional public schools (K-12) for the past eight years, I am getting to experience something new and exciting at CORE. Getting to work in collaboration with the students and families is an ideal partnership in creating the best educational experience possible.
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Vicki Gronseth - Instructional Specialist

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LaDawn Hall - Personalized Learning Teacher

What a privilege it is to work with an organization and staff so dedicated to individual student success. I am a lover of language and a lover of learning, but most of all, I love the mutual influence my students and I share. There's nothing better than getting to witness ah-hah moments for students---whether in academics or life---and they get to witness those moments in me, too!
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Jaime Happ - Personalized Learning Teacher

It is a privilege for me to work with the students, families, and staff at CORE. I enjoy being a teacher where the focus of education is on the personalized learning style of each student, it is an incredible experience. I love working with people who are so enthusiastic about learning.
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Kristi Harper - Personalized Learning Teacher

My passion is teaching. More specifically, seeing a child's eyes light up with understanding, excitement, knowledge, and confidence! I have had both classroom and homeschooling experience throughout my career. What I love about homeschooling through C.O.R.E., is the opportunity to meet each child's needs. All children and all families are different. I look forward to working together (teacher, parent, child) to come up with the best educational approach for each of my students.
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Daniel Hendriks - Personalized Learning / Title 1 School Improvement Teacher

I am a K-8 math instructor here at CORE. This wonderful school gives me the opportunity to work with students in small groups and tailor my instruction to individual needs. My favorite thing to do in class is connect entertaining games to the math we are learning.
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Debby Hubbard - Personalized Learning Teacher

Being part of the CORE team of teachers is a unique teaching experience for me. I am able to create and develop varied and creative curriculum with parents and students to fit their individual needs. A teacher for more than 25 years in the fields of foreign language and fitness, I have taught pre-k through adult classes. I strive to provide new and innovative ways to teach and provide a motivating and challenging education for my students.
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Willa Ingelson - Instructional Specialist

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Tracey Jacobsen - Personalized Learning Teacher

I am so grateful and excited to be joining the parents and teachers at CORE to teach English 11 and 12. My passion as a teacher is to help students acquire skills that will create opportunities for them, particularly with solid writing skills, and understanding the writings of the world around us, both past and present. I look forward to investing in this community and getting to know more and more of you!
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Rosemary James - Personalized Learning Teacher

I am very excited to work at CORE Butte Charter School. I have been teaching for 13 years and specialize in teaching biology and earth science. Before I was a teacher, I worked for 12 years at a natural science museum where I had many fantastic opportunities to work with injured, non-releasable animals, such as hawks, owls and opossums, to bring them to classrooms all over northern California. The best part of that job was developing the Museum Teen Volunteer program, which still exists as part of Turtle Bay Museum, in Redding, California. That experience helped me decide to become a teacher. I have three grown children, and one curious granddaughter. In my spare time, my partner Bob and I kayak, hike, swim, snorkel, go birding, snow shoe, camp, take photos of wildlife and nature, and travel (especially if there is a good museum)!
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Bernadine Janke - Human Resources Technician

I have worked as an HR professional in the retail industry for the past ten years and could not be more excited to make the transition into education. It is so exciting to be part of such a unique and innovative school and I feel very fortunate to have found a place here at CORE! I value the opportunity to support our staff and administration while they are working so hard to ensure each student receives the truly personalized learning experience that brought them to CORE!
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Amber Johnson - School Psychologist

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Jenni Josifek - Personalized Learning Teacher

Homeschooling is in my blood. I spent over nine years of my elementary and high school education being homeschooled by my mom. After getting my credential, I taught first grade in San Jose, then spent five years overseas in Slovakia teaching English to students ranging from first through ninth grades and then taught kindergarten in Oroville for two years before coming to CORE. I love supporting, coaching and cheering on homeschooling families as we find creative and engaging ways to make learning fun.
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Frank Koons - Personalized Learning Teacher

I love working at C.O.R.E. because of all of the wonderful people I get to work with. I truly enjoy the opportunities I have had to develop relationships with the many students and their families over the years and to have had input into their growth as people.
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Carla Koons - Educational Assistant

I am looking forward to meeting the parents, students, and staff. My goal is to helpful in whatever way I am able and to make sure you get a smile each day.
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Jessanna Levitsky - Counseling Registrar

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Linda Lewis - Instructional Specialist

I am super excited about teaching the Global Health class this year! We will have a fun and interesting journey this fall as we explore global public health - everything from Ebola and Zika to Obesity). I am a veterinarian who has worked as an infectious disease epidemiologist (aka "Disease Detective") most of my career. My work in Public Health has taken me to Africa (Malawi, Kenya, Senegal, Niger, Tunisia), Asia (Nepal), Europe (Ukraine), and of course, right here at home. I have worked for Centers for Disease Control, Indian Health Services, and currently work with Butte County Public Health. In my spare time I like to spend time with my 2 kids, read, garden, run ultramarathons, foster border collies, and travel (of course).
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Daniel Martin - Personalized Learning Teacher

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John Mattera - Instructional Specialist

I am very pleased to be part of the CORE team and look forward to helping families achieve their personalized learning goals. It's refreshing to be a member of such a supportive and positive educational community.
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Nora McKay - Director of Special Programs

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Rebecca Miller - Personalized Learning Teacher

What an honor it is for me to be part of Team CORE! I have been in education for over 25 years and find CORE to be the most vibrant, exciting, and nurturing place to experience a genuine love of learning alongside earnest students, motivated parents, and expert teaching professionals. Besides continuing to learn and teaching, my other passions are running and backpacking.
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Debra Moon - Personalized Learning Teacher

There are many things I love about CORE. CORE allows teachers to meet the individual needs of students in order to give them the best education possible. We use community resources to educate our students here, which is prudent, cost effective, and keeps school relevant and exciting to students. My values are reflected at CORE, a school that operates in harmony with my philosophy. Most of all, I enjoy seeing students succeed with us who were not succeeding in other school settings. We really can make a difference in student's lives.
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Anne Moore - Library Aide

Core's library is such a tremendous resource when customizing your child's education! I love working in the library to assist you on this journey. It is a joy to pair your child's learning style with the curriculum that best suits their needs.
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Ken Noble - Personalized Learning Teacher

It is indeed a fun and exciting privilege for me to work with the people who are a part of CORE. I truly enjoy teaching students, to be able to share in their learning experiences. I teach primarily high school students and I have the unique pleasure of watching them transform into promising young adults. I’m grateful to be a part of the CORE team!
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Karen Palmerlee - Education Specialist

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Clarissa Pfister - High School Intervention and Support specialist

Since 2013, I have been involved with CORE Butte Charter as a parent, board member and now employee. I am excited about my opportunity to work with CORE students and their families to provide unique education opportunities and nurture far-reaching success for students. My goal is to help my students to achieve measurable academic growth in addition to the social skill necessary for their future success.
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Kyle Pierson - Personalized Learning Teacher

I have been a member of the C.O.R.E family since 2011, and I have been loving every moment of it. Before C.O.R.E. I worked as a special education teacher in Tulare county, working with students with autism. I have also worked as an instructor/administrator for Guided Discoveries. My job included working with students, ages 10-18, teaching marine science and adventure. I hope to bring some of my experiences into my teaching, in order to give every student an individualized education.
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Jean Plunkett - Business Manager

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Amber Reid - Personalized Learning Teacher

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Ashley Reimer - Instructional Specialist

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Natalie Reis - Instructional Specialist

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Fawn Ruby - Personalized Learning Teacher

Teaching is one of my life's greatest joys, and there is no better school at which to experience this joy than CORE! I love watching students grow through the course of a school year, and even more exciting as a high school teacher, I love watching students change and develop their passions, discover who they are and what they want to do with their lives (to some extent) over the course of their high school career. I love teaching English because it excites me when I can see a student make a personal connection with a character from literature, or make a break-through in his/her writing. Teaching is an adventure and I'm along for the ride!
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Patti Russell - Personalized Learning Teacher

I love my job as a personalized learning teacher for CORE because it allows me to work with children in an individualized fashion, while maintaining academic goals toward learning. The classes I teach at CORE allow me to offer high school students the opportunity to practice, demonstrate, and understand the intricacies of creative crafts and explore the activities and project possibilities the class has to offer. It's wonderful to experience the different approaches students have to demonstrate their artistic talents in the world of creative crafts.
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Ellen Sannar-Welch - Personalized Learning Teacher

I have had the pleasure of being associated with Core Butte Charter School since 2001, when my first child attended Camptonville Academy. Since that time I have had three other children attend Core Butte High School. Now, I have the great privilege of growing both personally and professionally alongside an amazing team of teachers, administrators, students and parents. The ultimate goal of any class I teach is to instill confidence, self-awareness, knowledge and growth. Each student has a unique gift or talent to share with the world. I believe strongly, that the Personalized Learning Model is a blueprint for success! My philosophy of education is that it is never isolated.. there is a world of discovery to make. Education can be lifelong, ever changing and ever expanding.
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Julie Sawley - Personalized Learning Teacher

In my 13 years of teaching I have worked in many different settings, from teaching at a large junior high to working intensively in small groups doing Title 1 reading and math. The key to success is finding what engages students. CORE brings together what I enjoy most about teaching: designing programs to meet each student’s needs, working closely with families, and the dynamics of a classroom in our enrichment classes. While reading and math are a main focus, my first love will always be history!
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Jesse Scherba - Personalized Learning Teacher

With passion, I love to move people confidently towards their potential. My career path started with a degree in Business Administration where I came to love creative thinking, problem solving, and developing culture. Working in education, and holding both a Multiple Subject and Single Subject teaching credential, I have the opportunity to apply my passions and skills towards the students and families I serve.
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Erika Simpson - Personalized Learning Teacher

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Chelsea Sliffe - PLT/Title 1 School Improvement Teacher

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Susan Smith - Administrative Assistant

I've been in and around CORE Butte since January 2008, first, as a parent, and then later as an employee. CORE is unique and flexible in so many ways, allowing each student and employee to really shine and reach their optimum potential. I've worked with many homeschool families. Each with their own idea of what personalized learning and homeschooling should be. The administration at CORE works hard to meet and exceed these expectations as well as to guide families in their educational journey. I love working for a school that thinks out of the box with their students' interest and education as their primary concern.
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Katie Smith - Personalized Learning Teacher

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Jennifer Vaught - K-8 Reading Coach / Title 1 Teacher

My passion is to help students become confident readers for life! I love being able to individualize the programs I use to meet students unique needs and interests. It's a privilege to work alongside such an amazing staff of personalized learning teachers and dedicated homeschooling parents. I truly believe that the best academic growth is made when a student receives support from a team of educators.
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Angie Verar - Personalized Learning Teacher

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Mai Vue - Office Technician

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David Watkin - Technology Specialist

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Madison Weigel - Instructional Specialist

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Christopher Wenger - Instructional Specialist

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