About Mrs. Betsy Baker...
Position: 5th Grade
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My Education and Professional Background
I've been fortunate to have a variety of experiences within my teaching career. I earned a Bachelor's of Science in Early Childhood Education in 1997 from Illinois State University, from there I did my student teaching in England where I gained my first experience with a National Curriculum. I then taught a K/1 multi-age program in an inner city near Chicago. Our move to Arizona in 1999 brought me to my next teaching assignment. There I spent 2 years teaching a K/1/2 multi-age program and one year teaching kindergarten. From there, I relocated and spent 4 years teaching morning kindergarten and 3 years teaching 1st grade. Following that I taught Kindergarten and then 2nd grade for 7 years. I've been at Haley since 2014. I've had several trainings along the way, most specifically with Write From the Beginning and PLCs.
My Educational Philosophy
I believe all children deserve the same opportunity to learn, and that all students can be successful learners. When clear expectations are established as a classroom community, and the specific learning styles of children are determined it is much easier to create meaningful lessons that students have a personal connection to. Building on student's past experiences will also aid in their buy in and help build a natural curiosity. Involving parents in all aspects of learning is also vital. Using current research, collaborating with my colleagues and attending professional growth opportunities will help me continue to revitalize my teaching and make sure I am preparing our students for the future. By collecting data and work samples I will be able to judge the effectiveness of my teaching and modify it accordingly.