Board Members 


Janelle Travis-Musson (aka Janellybean)
Music Teacher/Tutor & Consultant

Janelle is a music teacher, performer, and business woman.  She is the founder of the Bend Oregon Family group, and she homeschools her two children.  Janelle has also worked with many public and private schools in Central Oregon teaching all grade levels.  She has seen the problems and challenges that parents, children and teachers sometimes go through.  Over the years of teaching, she has gathered many tips she feels that would help parents that are looking for advice in using that teachable moment, such as when paying the bill at a restaurant, the tutor needing a supply or advice for a certain child, or for those parents looking to homeschool their child full time. She is also the founder, lyrisist, and musician of the Central Oregon based business, That Jingle Company. 

Jamie Allemand
Elective Teacher & Consultant

Originally from the New Orleans area, I've lived in a couple of other states before making Oregon my home with my family.  I have a degree in Fashion Design, a background in dance and performance, and years of experience managing businesses and training staff.  Along with continuing my design work, I also work at the Bend Circus Center teaching at the Circus Camps, as well as performing for parties and events.     

Jay Carlton

Tutor & Consultant, Founder and Artist of Mr. Ferguson's Greeting Cards

Jay Carlton was born and raised under the sun, at the beach, and in the water. At the age of five his nose received a delightful sunburn that he has managed to maintain for 30 years. By the time he was seven, he could daydream better then any of his friends, and by 12 he could effortlessly pay less attention to school work then all the other students. His talents continued to develop at an alarming rate, and on his18th birthday he was considered a master at doodling in the margins. Upon graduating Jay set out on an adventure that continues to this day. His curiosity has lured him to places like India, Thailand, Cambodia, Russia, Turkey, China, Japan,Malaysia, and Egypt. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon and a Masters Degree from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, as well as his special education teaching license. He spent time as a surf rat in San Luis Obispo and a ski bum on Mammoth Mountain. Amongst all of Jay's adventures and during his schooling, Jay was a high school special education teacher teaching mathematics, history, science, language arts, the arts, and was the athletic director at the Frostig Center in Pasadena, CA. He was the illustrator for Frostig's Life Success for Children with Learning Disabilities  Jay is a successful adult with dyslexia, an amazing teacher, and as far as his artistic ambitions are concerned, Jay is still a daydreamer and spends the majority of his time stumbling through his imagination while growing his custom drawing, branding, and greeting card business.  

Rebecca Burleigh

Lead Teacher, Tutor, & Consultant

Hi, my name is Rebecca Burleigh-Morgan, and I am a certified teacher for students kindergarten through eighth grade in multiple subjects.  I am also trained in the Orton-Gillingham technique and have over seven years of teaching experience with students with dyslexia.  Since I was trained by Diana K. King and fellow of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators, I've received comprehensive and sound guidance on how to work with students with varying learning differences and challenges.  I am also a trained yoga instructor.  


Samara Staff, Board Members, & Advisors

Heather Chatem

Founder/Center Director & Lead Teacher

As a teacher since 1996 and a person with learning disabilities and ADHD herself, Heather Chatem believes strongly that there is no "one size fits all" and that we all need to learn to "Soar with one’s strengths; manage one’s weaknesses"...which is why she created the Samara Learning Center.  She has worked in general education, inclusive, resource room, and all day special education school settings.  She specializes in working with kids with executive functioning challenges, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder (ADHD), and high functioning autism. The majority of Heather’s career was spent at the Frostig Center in Pasadena, CA, a non-public school for students with learning differences.  She was the head of the Middle School Department, a lead teacher, substitute administrator, and, on the average year, taught Math, English, Social Studies, Science, and Study/Social Skills to 6th-8th blend classes where she could have students reading at the 1st grade through college level.  At Frostig she worked with kids from over 20 different districts and with almost that many different Individual Education Program (IEP) forms.  She has a B.A. in Psychology, M.A. in Special Education & Rehabilitation with a specialty in learning disabilities, Oregon Special Education teaching credential preK-12, and finished up her Initial I Oregon Administration Program.  Heather has been involved in various parent and teacher education opportunities and organizations, such as:  Master teacher (mentoring new teachers), a board member and presenter for ten years for the Foothill Division of Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders (CHADD), co-facilitator and presenter for Central Oregon ADD support group, board member and presenter for  Decoding Dyslexia, Central Oregon Information and Support group, and board member for Rise Up International, which includes Bend Roots and Ukes for Youth. She has been part of multiple of education research projects, including a project based after her own theories. Heather is also a contributor to the book, The 6 Success Factors for Children with Learning Disabilities: Ready-to-Use Activities to Help Kids with Learning Disabilities Succeed in School and Life, published by Jossey-Bass. - See more at:   Heather appreciates all the amazing support and encouragement that has been given to the development of the Samara Learning Center!