Meet the Team

All of our teachers are/have been or are in the process of becoming Washington State certified teachers who teach because they enjoy teaching!

Director of Stout Education More updated bio to come.

Ann Stout Ed. D. Principal of the Centralia Christian School

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. Sherry is currently taking the summer of 2018 off. She is preparing for a brand new grandbaby and enjoying the summer with her husband Sam who recently retired. I’m hoping this fall she can find some time in her newly expanded schedule for a little more sharing of her vast knowledge.

Steve Freeman, Founder, Teacher, and extremely innovative Businessman!

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.

Steve and his lovely bride Barb are busy this summer with the demanding job of building a new house. If you have recently been involved with the permitting process and coordinating of everything that is involved with a new home you know how busy that keeps you.

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. Currently, Darwin teaches all levels of math at Centralia College. When not teaching for us, Mr. Keahey is active in his church and serving as husband and father to his family


[Picture and more information to be provided about Carol Irwin]

Carol Irwin is a second-grade teacher at the Centralia Christion School. She has extensive training in teaching students to read or interpret words, letters, and other symbols. Often these difficulties do not affect general intelligence.



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