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