Instructional Coordinators

The entire instructional staff is available on Mondays and Fridays, by appointment, to help and aid our families with planning and concerns regarding their home-based education.

If you would like to setup an appointment, please click their name below.

Anthony Parla

6th-7th Grades

For the past decade, Anthony has worked in the field of education through various roles. Most recently, Anthony served as the principal of Eastmont School in Bend. He holds a Master’s in Teaching and a Bachelor’s of Science in Natural Resources. In his free time, he loves to mountain bike, make kombucha, and go camping with his family. Anthony and his wife, Heather, are the proud parents to 5 amazing kids, 3 of which are at OFS this year!

Zoe Kingsbury

5th-6th Grades

Zoe graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Practice of Art from UC Berkeley and earned a Masters Degree in Education from UC Santa Barbara. In addition to being a teacher, she has also worked as a scenic painter, a portrait artist, and art instructor. After graduating from college, Zoe has recently moved back to Bend and enjoys hiking in her spare time. 

Michelle Bechtel

4th-5th Grades

Michelle Bechtel graduated from Walla Walla University with a degree in Elementary Education and a Master's of Arts in Teaching. Throughout her educational and professional career, she has been able to travel and experience a lot of different cultures. She loves using those experiences in the classroom and is passionate about inspiring young learners through culture and music. 

Kerry Hinton-Graham

High School

Kerry Hinton-Graham has been educating students since 1991, including home educating her own four children. She studied at Pepperdine and Cal Lutheran University, receiving her Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She has also worked as a counselor for children, teens, and families in the Central Oregon area. 

Luke Donahue

High School

Luke grew up in Philadelphia before landing in Oregon, where he received his B.A. from Reed College in 2002. After a year studying Greek and Latin at the University of Pennsylvania, he completed his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Emory University in 2013. A recent transplant to Bend and new to the homeschooling community, he has fallen in love with teaching the young minds of Oregon Family School.

Jody Shell

High School

Jody graduated with a bachelor's degree in education from Western Oregon University. She also completed all except for a practicum for a master's degree in literacy education also at Western Oregon University, and she has a master's degree in English from Ohio University. Jody considers Bend her hometown having lived here since middle school. She moved away for college and for a two year experience in Washington, D.C. where she taught English and academic literacy. When she's not working, Jody enjoys traveling and spending time with her children and her little Schnauzer, Roscoe. This is Jody's 3rd year teaching in the homeschool community. She absolutely loves working with the students and families at Oregon Family School. 

Sarah Guilfoy

K-1st Grades

Bio coming soon!

Victoria Tolbert

K-1st Grades

Bio coming soon!

Lacie McFarlane

K-st Grades

Bio coming soon!

Amy James

3rd-4th Grades

Bio coming soon!

Hollie Burdick

3rd-4th Grades

Hollie has over 8 years teaching experience with children ranging from preschool to 6th grade. She has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont.  Hollie enjoys identifying the strengths of her students and providing instruction based on their individual learning styles. 

Stephanie Molleta

2nd-3rd Grades

Stephanie Molletta graduated with her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Shorter University in Rome, GA, and later went on to receive her Education degree from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. Stephanie believes a positive classroom atmosphere is the most important ground work for learning and development. After working in the school system and then later homeschooling her own kids, she believes Oregon Family School is a perfect fit for her and she's excited for the opportunity to be teaching here. 

Nathanael Ditton

High School

Bio coming soon!

Jennifer Breedlove


Jennifer Breedlove has been educating children for 18 years. She has held various teaching roles including public school, homeschool,  private school, and tutoring students with learning differences.  She enjoys empowering and supporting homeschool parents in their choice to educate their children at home.  

Chris Talcott

6th-8th Grades

Chris Talcott went to college in the Midwest where he received a B.A. in Youth Ministries.  Since graduating, he's been involved in youth programs, camp programs, and wilderness guiding.  He spends his free time running, climbing, or exploring anywhere far, high, or new.  You'll likely find him spending time outside with his wife and young son.  

Kelly McAfee


Bio coming soon!

Shelly Jenkins

1st-2nd Grades

Shelly Jenkins has been a teacher for 21 years. She received her B.A. Degree and Teaching Credential from California State University Fresno. She has taught Kindergarten through 8th grade students in California, Washington and Oregon.  She really enjoys hanging out with her family in the outdoors (kayaking, skiing, camping) whenever she has a chance!

Becca Hammagren

1st-2nd Grades

Becca Hammagren graduated from Oregon State University with degrees in elementary education and human services. She loves

spending time in the sun with her husband and three boys!

Chris Samaras


Chris Samaras has been a teacher for 14 years. She has her Master's degree in Education from Southern Oregon University and has a passion for teaching Kindergarteners.

Tami Mahaffey


Bio coming soon!

Robin Smith-Jackson

Music Instructor

Bio coming soon!

Michelle O'connell

Physical Education Instructor

Michelle O'Connell graduated from the College of Idaho with a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology, minoring in Education and Coaching.  Having recently moved to Oregon, Michelle is beginning her 12th year of teaching Physical Education and Health.  She has a passion for getting kids excited about movement!  In her free time you will find Michelle exploring with her family and coaching or playing volleyball.

Oregon Family School does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran or military status, or any other status protected by law, in any of its programs and activities and provides equal access to the designated youth organizations in the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act. Click HERE to view the Oregon Family School vaccination rates.

Office: (541) 640-1302

Redmond Office: (541)-640-6286

Mobile: (541) 668-4412

Fax: (541) 668-6561

Bend Learning Center:

21530 NE Butler Market Rd. Bend, OR 97701

Redmond Learning Center:

224 SW 7th St. Redmond, OR 97756

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