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    Name:  Tammy A. Baker      
    Room:  D3
    Subject:  8th Grade Language Arts
    Phone Number:  360-709-7487
    Professional and Personal Biography
    I have had such a great career already, it is hard to sum it up here, but I will try.
    Competition was tough at Monticello High School where I graduated in 1982 with 22 people!  I did well enough to get myself to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where I graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor's of Science in Elementary and Special Education.
    I then started travelling with my new career.  I spent three years teaching special education at Fondren Middle School in Houston, TX.  I loved my first job in the big city.  I tutored on Saturdays, coached volleyball and assisted the drama department.  
    My next adventure took me to Wiesbaden American Middle School in Wiesbaden, Germany.  While teaching special education the next six years, I also sponsored the Student Council, the Outdoor Education Club, and co-sponsored the Travel Club.  Between the clubs and my own travel, I can say I was able to visit every country (except Ireland) of former Western Europe and several of former Eastern Europe as well. 
    When I met my husband, my travels brought me to Washington, where I taught special education at Spanaway Junior High for one year before switching gears by moving to Littlerock Elementary.  After three years of special education, I transitioned into the regular classroom (5th/6th grades).  Three years later, I landed back in a middle school, Bush Middle School, where I am starting my 14th year teaching 8th grade English Language Arts and Journalism/Yearbook. I didn't think I would be in one position as long, but this is my niche.
    Even with all the adventures of travelling and sponsoring clubs, I remained busy getting extensive training in teaching strategies, classroom management, and instructional skills.  Just since 2003, I received the Teacher Leadership grant and the training to implement technology in the classroom, I studied and received my Masters of Education in Reading and Literacy and lastly, I took the challenge to receive my National Board Certification in Language Arts/Early Adolescence, and successfully renewed it.  I have continued intensive instruction in technology to keep up with my students!
    Oh, I have done a little travel too....finally getting to Ireland, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Key West.  Last summer, we used a new/used travel trailer a couple of times, but this summer we stayed here, moving into a new house!
    I really hope my next decades can match the past ones! With two grown kids, a grandson, and my babies (the pets) and continual continued education, I am sure they will.