Staff

OUR AMAZING STAFF

Cecile Enright

Executive Director, Flight Instruction Advisory Teacher

Cecile Enright started her career in education in the 1990’s as first a parent volunteer and then as an instructional assistant and school bus driver. She was encouraged to return to school by a friend who was also the wife of the superintendent in the district where her children attended school. While working on her teaching degree she continued to work with students as a tutor for Eagle Point School District and a teacher for READ Institute a homeschool support alternative school.

After completing her degree and receiving her Oregon teaching license, she worked as a substitute teacher. Later she took a job teaching in the bush in Alaska. This is where she first thought about starting a charter school. She envisioned an educational partnership with parents that would personalize education so that all students could find success. In 2004, she first learned about Castle Rock in Crescent City, CA, where she learned about Patty Wills and the adventure began.

In 2010, Cecile approached Rogue River School District with the concept for this unique school. REACH opened in the fall 2011 with a cap of 100 students. Within a very short time, there were students on the waitlist. Currently, our enrollment is double and we continue to grow each year.

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Denise Purrier

Administrative Assistant, Registrar

Denise Purrier has been connecting with students for years. Prior to being at Reach, she had the privilege to work at two colleges and an elementary school. The fondest memories in her educational employment history however were the 8 years of homeschooling her three children. In years gone by, Denise worked in the Graphic Arts field and still loves to dabble with computer graphic design.

At Reach, a typical workday includes talking with prospective students and families to explain the unique school model of Reach, especially the school’s vision of ‘achieving academic excellence through personalized learning.’ Denise is often found on the phone chatting with past, present, and future students and their families to answer questions and provide assistance. She works as a team with teachers and staff to help the school help students succeed.

When not working at Reach, she is actively involved with her family and church, loves taking trips to the coast with her wonderful husband, baking (famous for her apple pies), and reading. “A day reading is time well spent.”

Wendy Bogard

Office Manager

Trevin Alger

Bookkeeper/Admin Assistant

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Tina Ferris

K-8 Multiple Subjects Teacher

Tina Ferris is a highly qualified elementary teacher with her Master of Arts in Teaching degree. Having a dyslexic daughter has inspired her to consistently seek additional research-based strategies for teaching students to read fluently. Her belief is that reading is the foundation for learning and fluent readers develop a love of the language.

Tina spent her early working years as a ballroom dance instructor. She taught in several ballrooms in California and Arizona. She traveled and performed with students all over the country. She currently teaches youth ballroom dancing as well as coaching and choreographing for the Southern Oregon Youth Ballroom Dance Championships. Dance has helped her develop perseverance and patience, which are skills that are vital for teaching elementary-aged students.

Her teaching style can be summed up in one quote: Success comes before motivation. It is extremely important to Tina that her students feel successful. It is her experience that not all students learn academic skills at the same pace or at the same age. Students develop a love of learning through their successes and developing their interests. She understands that each student has a variety of strengths just waiting to be recognized and nurtured.

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Jason Campbell

Integrated Math I, Algebra 1, Electives

I graduated from SOU in 2015. This is my 5th school year with REACH School. What I love most about REACH is the individualized learning atmosphere and developing relationships with my students. Before becoming a teacher, I was in sales for 15+ years. After college, I first worked in social services, was a part of the Jackson County Child Abuse Task Force and supervised a residential boy’s home for troubled youth. I have five children of my own; so with work, school, and family I do not have a ton of free time for extra hobbies. I do find some time to travel and I am a motorcycle enthusiast. If you are taking one of my onsite classes you may hear a corny math/dad joke or two and hear me talk about my motorcycles!

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Gary DeSimone

Advisory Teacher

I enjoy working with students (and their families) as they choose the best path to achieve their educational and career goals. I have lived in southern Oregon for 10 years and live on a farm in the Applegate Valley. I also teach at Rogue Community College and enjoy volunteering in the community.

I have traveled across the United States six different ways: By plane, bus, train, car, bicycle, and hitchhiking. I have visited 4 continents and hope to visit all 7 within the next 10 years.

Degrees:
A.S. – Applied Science & Math @ Nassau Community College
B.A. – Human Integrative Biology @ University of California-Berkeley
M.A. – Secondary Science Education @ University of Connecticut

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Desiree Lisle

Advisory Teacher

Mrs. Lisle comes to REACH with a diverse background in both Education and Counseling. She is a Rogue River High School graduate and earned her Masters of Arts in Teaching degree from Eastern Oregon University. Mrs. Lisle taught 5th grade and PE at a rural elementary school in Lakeview Oregon for six years before becoming an advisory teacher with REACH. When she is not in the classroom or helping students and families, Mrs. Lisle loves to craft with her mom and sister, bake, hunt, fish, camp, kayak, and take photos with her husband, son, and mini Aussie puppy George! A recent addition to Mrs. Lisle’s family is her son's leopard gecko Toast!

Nick Petersen

Social Studies

Sandi Bayless

Health, P.E, Electives

I have lived in Grants Pass for over 22 years; which is the same amount of time I have been teaching.  My teaching credentials are in PE, Health, and Business/computers.  In addition, I have my School Counseling Degree.  Although I have been a substitute, in the Grants Pass School District, for around 15 years, I have taught in many different positions in many different schools.  I am a dynamic person who has a passion for warm weather, physical activity, traveling, being with my family, wakeboarding, quading, and living life to its fullest.  I am happily married.  My husband is my best friend and we have a daughter who is 18; she is a tom-boy princess.  I also have a 26 year-old son.  Both live in Grants Pass.  I breed golden retrievers and love my 4 dogs. My goal is to be real, compassionate, caring, and true in everything I do. Someday I will live by a beach, lay under palm trees, feet in the sand, and enjoy the sound of the ocean!

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Megan Moritz

Food Service Manager/Culinary Arts Teacher

Megan was born and raised right here in Grants Pass, Oregon, where she developed a love of small-town living in the Pacific Northwest. After several years at Western Oregon University, Megan switched tracks and graduated with honors from Western Culinary Institute in 2002.

Many years later, Megan found herself a home-schooling mother of five young ladies. Without a clue of what to do, she was introduced to River’s Edge Academy Charter School! After homeschooling (with Reach’s assistance) for eight years, she began working at River’s Edge Academy Charter School in 2019. Megan enjoys sharing her knowledge and love of all things curriculum-related with new students and their parents. When not at work, Megan stays busy keeping up with her circus and finding quiet places to sneak bites of chocolate.

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Naomi Cordeiro

High School Success Coordinator, Early College Advisory Teacher

Aloha! This is Naomi Cordeiro! Naomi is the High School Success Coordinator. She loves working with students. Naomi attended the 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. Naomi is easy going and goes with the flow. Naomi loves spending her free time with her family. They enjoy taking weekend trips to explore different places. Her favorite place to go is Disneyland. Naomi also loves the Holidays. She is always up for a new adventure.

Ginny Barnes

Tutor