CASEE

CASEE Staff

The path to new knowledge begins with a teacher. 


Richard Hogg

Mr. Hogg teaches Biology, Natural Resources and English I. He has a     Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Loma Linda University and a Masters of Education from Washington State University. 


Previously, he taught at Maple Grove, Lewisville, and Prairie High schools. Before teaching he was a herdsman at a large dairy farm. His goal is for students to develop an appreciation and commitment for all of our natural resources, love to learn new things, and work to make this world a better place.


Contact Mr. Hogg at hogg.richard@battlegroundps.org




Rod Hallman

Mr. Hallman teaches Biology, Natural Resources, and English I. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology Education from Western Washington University and a Masters in Teaching from Grand Canyon University. 


Previously, Mr. Hallman taught  7th and 8th graders at Lewisville Middle School for 22 years and wants all students to succeed in life and enjoy biology as a subject. 


Contact Mr. Hallman at hallman.rod@battlegroundps.org 






Irene Catlin

Ms. Catlin teaches Environmental Science, Forestry, Wildlife, and English II. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Masters of Science in Science Education.


Previously, Ms. Catlin worked for the Department of Natural Resources and the United States Forestry Service. Her goal is for students to discover the wonder of science through direct observation and relevant application, and to develop a better understanding and appreciation for the natural world.


Contact Ms. Catlin at catlin.irene@battlegroundps.org




Chris Collmer

Mr. Collmer teaches Agricultural and Industrial Biotechnology, Microbiology, Food Science, Chemistry, English III, and English IV.  He has a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Science; Masters of Arts in Education and a Career and Technical Education (CTE) Certification. 


Previously, he worked at Prairie High School, Battle Ground High School, and through the Skills Center as an Agriculture, Horticulture, and Landscaping instructor. He also worked in financial management and environmental health prior to teaching. 


Mr. Collmer's goal for students is that education at CASEE is kept exciting and applied using a real-world approach. Learning at CASEE should be rigorous, engaging, and fun. Students should work together as a community of learners while still having many opportunities to explore and experience their own areas of interest. 


Contact Mr. Collmer at collmer.chris@battlegroundps.org



Margaret Bessert

Ms. Bessert is the CASEE Program Facilitator.  She also assists with visiting field trips, yearbook and newsletters. She has a Bachelor's of Science  in Recreation Resource Management from Oregon State University's School of Forestry. 


Previously, she has worked in Illinois for the Peoria Park District as a camp and outdoor school coordinator, Youth Conservation Corp supervisor, Naturalist and grant writer. She has also worked as a Washington DOE Youth Conservation Crew regional supervisor. More recently, she worked as a reading SSIA for Battleground Public Schools and a permitting/contract specialist for a private development company.


Her goal is for students to see that they can become thoughtful citizens who are aware of their environmental impact and their role in the world.


Contact Ms. Bessert at bessert.margaret@battlegroundps.org