Meet the Team

All of our teachers are/have been Washington State certified teachers who are continuing to teach because they enjoy teaching!

Sherry Bakotich, Teacher

‘Mrs. Bakotich “retired” after teaching in the Toledo School District for 42 years. She must have started when she was 6! She is another of those people we love to find, who have taught for many years but still love teaching. We are excited that she has chosen to work with our students.

Steve Freeman, Founder and Teacher

Steve Freeman taught elementary music in the Centralia School District from 1970 to 1982, then he transitioned to teaching remedial math and reading in the district’s Title One/Chapter One program. During this time, he developed a teaching method of using items found in “Believe It or Not!” books by Robert Ripley. In 1999, he was included in one of the “Believe It or Not” books for his creative use of their materials to spark enthusiasm in his students and use that enthusiasm to help them achieve at higher levels in school. In 2001, he “retired” from public school teaching and opened The Freeman Center to continue doing what he loved to do, teaching and helping students achieve more than they ever thought possible.’

Darwin Keahey, Math Teacher

Mr. Keahey has taught mathematics at The Freeman Center since February of 2010. He earned his BA in Secondary Mathematics at Western Washington University. He taught for several years for the Department of Education in American Samoa. After returning to western Washington, Mr. Keahey has worked as a substitute teacher for several area schools. He was also a Math teacher on the staff of Centralia School District.

When not teaching for us, Mr. Keahey is active in his church and serving as husband and father to his family.

Bob Grieninger, Teacher

Mr. Greininger is new to our area and brings with him a varied background of educational experiences. He has worked with students of many ages and skill levels. He has developed “Pathways programs” working with regular and at-risk students.


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