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Karissa C. Baker

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Location(s) Randolph Campus, Upper School
Title(s) US Science, Science Department Chair
Degree(s) B.A. Geology, Carleton College
M.A.T., University of St. Thomas
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Upon graduating from college, Karissa Baker was one of the early participants in the Teach for America program, working with seventh- and eighth-grade math and science students in Manhattan. “I realized that as a teacher I could do something every day that impacted the lives of others,” she says. Since 1999, she has continued to do just that at SPA. During her time at SPA, she has taught Earth Science, Physics, Environmental Science, Advanced Science Research, and even Algebra II. “I enjoy seeing how much students grow as people and learners over the course of their four years in high school. They are really figuring out who they are as citizens of our community and of the world.” she says. Since 2014, Ms. Baker has served as the K-12 Science Department Chair, where she has worked alongside her colleagues in the department to reimagine and implement significant changes in the curriculum across all three divisions. As an undergraduate, Ms. Baker studied geology and earned a B.A. from Carleton College, followed by an M.A.T. from the University of St. Thomas and further work towards a license in school administration at St. Mary's University. She is a member of the National Science Teachers Association and the Minnesota Science Teachers Association. Outside of school, Ms. Baker enjoys time with her family and has recently added finishing the Superior Hiking Trail to her personal bucket list.

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1712 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul MN 55105
Main school line: 651-698-2451
Randolph attendance line: 651-696-1410
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