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10. Jeffrey Baxter 2014 Kansas Teacher of the Year

EPISODE 10:  Jeffrey Baxter 2014 Kansas Teacher of the Year






Jeff Baxter was separated from his mother at birth for what was considered standard practice of the day when women with tuberculosis gave birth.  Raised by his grandmother, a retired English teacher, she would never give him a direct answer to any of the questions a curious child would ask.  Instead, she would recite a poem or short story and talk about it with him.


Jeffrey Baxter would become Kansas Teacher of the Year at age 64, only after postponing his retirement due to a personal struggle that was taking over his life…


Show Notes




Poem: Rabbi Ben Ezra (Grow Old With Me) by Robert Browning



Jeff and Homer Hickam, author of Rocket Boys and October Sky fame.



Video:  Soda Bottle Rockets


Internet Resource Website:  Web English Teacher


Recommended Book:   How Children Succeed by Paul Tough


Educational Quote:  “One can do anything, anything at all,  if provided with a passionate and gifted teacher.” – Pat Conroy, (Beach Music Novel)


Final Period Before the Final Bell:


Morning Person or Night Owl:

• Morning


Mac or PC:

• PC


Favorite Childhood Book:

The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper 


First Paying Job:

• Packing Hides at a Beef Packing Plant


Favorite Television Show:

Big Bang Theory


Latest Musical Download:

Fire & Rain by James Taylor


Who would you invite for dinner:

• Author Herman Melville (Moby Dick)


What would you do during an unexpected snow day? 

• Personal Reading and Working on my book


Next Item on Bucket List:

• Return back to Machu Picchu with my wife


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