About Baker...
Subject / Grade Band/Jazz Band/Guitar 9-12
Room: H124 and H127B
Phone: 480 883 5019
Email: Baker
"Let go of who you think you should be in order to be who you are. Be imperfect and have compassion for yourself. Connection is the result of authenticity."
-- Brene Brown

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Welcome! My name is Mr. Baker, and I teach band, jazz band, and guitar at Hamilton High School. Have a look around, hopefully you can find what your are looking for.

My Education and Professional Background

I hail from the Northeast of the United States, outside of Philadelphia. After a fair amount of moving around, I attended and graduated from Arizona State University. Since then I have been teaching band here in the East Valley! I have experience working with multiple marching arts groups here in Arizona: Corona Del Sol HS, Basha HS, Phenom Drum and Bugle Corps, Flux Indoor Percussion, and Hamilton High School.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that while teachers are an integral part of the education system, students must be given a leading role in their own education. I challenge my students to fail every day because only through failure can we grow. I desire for my students to look at every challenge and obstacle through the lens of their own growth, and pinpoint how exactly this particular challenge will help them be the best version of themselves. Too often in our world, parents and students alike are obsessed with "perfection"; perfect attendance, perfect grades, perfect test scores...and yet there is little benefit for the student if they are not allowed to fail. I hope to teach my students to fail up, because that is the key to a happy and successful life.

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