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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, teaching ninth grade Earth science and 12th grade physics and receiving grants to develop curriculum for Harkness discussions and the use of laptop computers. “I enjoy seeing how much students grow as people and learners over the course of their four years in high school. It is dramatic and amazing!” she says. She particularly prizes one-on-one interaction with students. “SPA gives students and teachers time in their schedules to meet individually, which is a gift that most schools do not have to the degree that we do,” she says. 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. She is a member of the National Science Teachers Association and the Minnesota Science Teachers Association. A mother of a young son and daughter, Baker cherishes time with her family.


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Main school line: 651-698-2451
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