Instructional personnel at the J Bar J Learning Centers are selected for their commitment to individualized curriculum, educational excellence, innovation, and a willingness to motivate. All faculty are either licensed or have extensive experience in the areas they teach.
Academic Director, J Bar J Learning Center
Pam joined the team at J Bar J Learning Center following 3 years at Cascade Youth and Family, the LOFT, a transitional living program and homeless shelter for teens. Pam started her work with youth in 1988, spending 10 years working as a wilderness field instructor for several organizations including Outward Bound, the Connecticut Wilderness School, and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Pam taught at an alternative middle school for the Bend-La Pine School District and worked for 15 years in residential therapeutic programs as an Academic Instructor, Academic Director, and Case Manager. She holds a BA in Environmental Science and Liberal Arts from Prescott College, an MS in Environmental Science and Communications from Antioch University New England, and finished her MAT in Secondary Teaching with English Language Arts and Social Studies endorsements at Oregon State University in 2017. Pam is committed to helping youth discover how they can be successful lifelong learners. She is an avid cyclist and enjoys all of the outdoor activities that Central Oregon has to offer.
Arriving in Bend two years ago, Keith is the newcomer, both to Central Oregon as well as the J Bar J teaching staff. His passion for education and helping others is derived from his parents, both of whom made careers working in different public servant positions. A graduate of the University of West Georgia with a B.S. in Education with a concentration on math and science, Keith began his educational career in 2013 with Arnall Middle School in Newnan, Georgia. He strongly believes in the value of education, and enjoys the opportunity to help shape the minds of tomorrow’s future leaders.
When not working he enjoys spending time outdoors. He and his wife enjoy hiking and backpacking, camping, and exploring Central Oregon. He also enjoys fly fishing the pristine waterways that abound in the region and spending time with friends.
Wanting to be a teacher since the 5th grade, Erik Sieber began volunteering with youth at the Central Oregon Boys and Girls Club during his summer breaks from college, eventually working for the Organization for 3 years while obtaining his Graduate Degree in Education. Endorsed in Social Studies and Language Arts, Erik began teaching in the public high schools in 1999. He believes in challenging youth to become successful in overcoming their hardships and struggles through hard work and passion.
Erik is passionate about film, is a voracious reader and tries his best to stay active. During the winter he enjoys snowshoeing, backcountry skiing and, spring skiing at Mt. Bachelor. In the summer, he loves backpacking and stand up paddleboarding our high lakes and rivers with family, friends and his crazy dog.
Elly was born and raised in Central Oregon. When she was in the 4th grade, her 4-H horse group volunteered to teach children and adults with developmental disabilities to ride. This introductory experience influenced the direction of her career as a Special Education Teacher.
After graduating with a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Pacific University, Elly taught in regular education classrooms for a few years and decided that teaching Special Education was still a burning passion, and was accepted into a Special Educator Endorsement program offered through Lewis & Clark College.
Shortly after completing her SpEd endorsement, she relocated her family to China to pursue a career as an International Teacher. Within her first year of living abroad, she assisted in opening the first Special Education school for expatriate children with severe difficulties in Beijing. After the program in Beijing was up and running, she was hired by an International school in Suzhou, China to design, create and open a Learning Support Department for Secondary students for the International Baccalaureate Organization curriculum.
Her curiosity has driven her to explore and believe in the unbelievable. She thrives when exploring, traveling, actively participating in water sports (solid and liquid!), and volunteering time to Super Hero organizations. She strives to guide students towards understanding how they learn, recognize their success, and own it!
Stephanie is a teacher in the J5 program at J Bar J with over 12 years of teaching experience. A Midwest native, Stephanie earned her undergraduate degree in Marketing from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO. After 10 years of working in marketing and advertising, she decided to return to school to pursue her passion for education and helping others. Stephanie attended Oregon State University’s teacher prep program earning an endorsement in High School Business Education, and later went on to earn her MBA from the University of Phoenix. In addition to alternative education, Stephanie’s teaching experience ranges from middle school technology classes to software courses at local community colleges. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys painting, writing, hiking, kayaking, and long-distance running.