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10. Jeffrey Baxter 2014 Kansas Teacher of the Year

EPISODE 10:  Jeffrey Baxter 2014 Kansas Teacher of the Year

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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

 

Email: Jbaxter@bluevalley.k12.org  

 

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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