Academic Faculty

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.

Crystal Mooney
Academic Director

Bio Coming Soon

Keith Riggs

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.

Erik Sieber

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 over 20 years ago in the Oregon and Arizona public high schools.   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 paddle boarding our high lakes and rivers with family, friends and his crazy dog. 

Traci Neal-Cole

A true local, Traci Neal-Cole grew up in Bend and graduated from Mountain View High School. She went on to complete her undergraduate degree in elementary education at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon and received her Masters in Special Education from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. Traci joins us with over 25 years of teaching experience in early childhood, elementary, and high school. In her free time, she enjoys camping, fishing, paddle boarding, kayaking and spending time with her family of four children.

Taylor Black
School Registrar & Records Clerk

Always wanting to pursue a career providing equine-assisted therapeutic services to underprivileged youth, Taylor pursued a bachelor’s in Psychology from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California. After graduating in 2019, she moved to Bend, OR and decided to join the J Bar J Youth Services staff to gain working experience before continuing her education. Since joining our team as a resident monitor, she has since been an educational assistant at both the Boys Ranch and J5 learning centers and now holds the position of Registrar & Records Clerk. In her free time she enjoys training horses, giving horseback riding lessons to kids in the area, and heading up to the mountains to go trail riding with her friends & her horses.

New Staff Bios Arriving Soon