Our Team

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

Sherry Bakotich

Sherry Bakotich

Teacher

Mrs. Bakotich recently retired from teaching in the Toledo School District. 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

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.

When not teaching, Steve plays with cars and grandchildren. He has restored the Model A Ford Panel Delivery which he and his wife took on their honeymoon in 1974! He has recently finished building a vintage styled "Belly Tanker" from the drop-tank of a World War II P-51 fighter aircraft. It will be on display at the Northwest Hotrodarama in April.

Steve and his wife, Barb have ten grandchildren, all living within five miles of them. Life can get pretty wild but brings a lot of joy!

Darwin Keahey

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.

Brice Meldrum

Brice Meldrum

Physics and Chemistry Teacher

Mr. Meldrum teaches Physics and Chemistry at Rochester High School. He is tutoring science as well as beginning Algebra for The Freeman Center.

Mr. Meldrum has also taught several science based workshops for us, including Introduction to Lego Robotics, Beginning Physics and Rockets! We are planning more workshops, so check back often!

Silas Brown

Silas Brown

Creative Engineer

In some ways, Silas as he is known by some, has been part of The Freeman Center since 1983. What began as a creative exercise and a way to become more familiar with computers grew into an early venture in entrepreneurship. Today, there is evidence of Silas Brown boldly hiding in The Freeman Center.

Silas would like to offer a fifty dollar discount on assessment for a few new students. If you would like this discount, please post a comment on this website and send an email to us stating "Silas sent me!" in the subject line.