Staff & Board

Heather Chatem

Founder, Executive Director, Lead Teacher

As an administrator, special education teacher, writer, researcher, and speaker with ADHD and dyslexia superpowers herself (with a few corresponding challenges), Heather Chatem is inspired daily by being part of students' journeys as they find their individual pathways to success. She has a B.A. in Psychology, M.A. in Special Education & Rehabilitation with a Specialty in Learning Disabilities, Autism Authorization Training, Special Education Teaching Credential PreK-12, and her Administration License. She has worked in general education, inclusive, resource room, and all day special education school settings. In addition to her roles at the Samara Learning Center, she is also a co-facilitator for two information and support groups (Central Oregon Attention Deficit Disorder - COADD and Decoding Dyslexia Central Oregon). She also continues her work with Bend Roots Revival, which raises money for children’s music and art programs. Heather feels lucky to be part of the  amazingly collaborative and supportive community of Central Oregon.

Kimberly Johnson

Tutor, Bookkeeper

Kimberly Johnson brings her diverse interest and background in education, accounting, and the arts to the Samara Learning Center’s team. Kim achieved a B.A. in accounting and is working on her Masters in Business Administration while she guides our students in the tutoring program to greater independence and success of their own. Kim has financial experience working for other companies, including other small schools. As well as being a mom of three boys, her diverse teaching experience working with kids from 1st - 12th grade is exemplified in her ease in working with kids of various ages and needs.

This page is being updated August 2020, so come back soon and meet more of our team.