Welcome to Physical Science! My name is Mr. Baker and I teach science on the 8th Grade Team here at Cass Middle School. This will be my seventh year at Cass, and sixteenth year as a science teacher. Before Bartow I taught in Cobb County for six years, at an Alternative high school in Alabama for one year and at another Bama' high school for two years...so going on sixeen years in all. I'm excited to be here and cannot wait to start the 2014-2015 school year!
A Little About Me:
I am married and have a son who is thirteen, and another little squirt that just turned seven years old! You will hear me talk about my sons quite often...I can't help it, I'm a proud daddy! (see pictures below.) I am a huge Star Wars fan and will incorporate it into the curriculum...you'll see! I enjoy just about anything that has to do with being outside: hiking, playing with my sons, hacky sacking, hanggliding, SCUBA, playing acoustic guitar, baseball, golf, fishing, etc. I also enjoying acting (that's why I love teaching) and traveling. I am an Educator Astronaut Teacher and have had incredible opportunities to meet amazing people (see pictures below), experience NASA facilities and play a "wannabe" astronaut. I implement these experiences into the classroom...trying to make the environment engaging, real-world like and entertaining.
COURAGE: NOT BEING AFRAID TO BE YOURSELF
CMS Baseball Region Champs! Little League
Mrs. Baker & Lucas Pep Rally -- Minion Style 8th Grade Formal Mystery Guest
NEAT Teachers: James Cameron Buzz Aldrin
My momma and us at the TN Aquarium My boys "hangin' ten" at Universal
Students and Family at NECC Opening Reception (GA Aquarium)
Students & Mr. Baker Presenting "Podcasting" at the 2007 NECC Conference
Teachers and I at GSTA. We were buiding a HUGE hot air balloon out of trash bags, meter sticks, tape, & hair dryers...
We even launhced it in downtown Atlanta outside the Hyatt!
Science teachers are CRAAAAAAZY!!
My little Lucas My lovely wife & Lucas at T-Rex Cafe @ Disney
Getting ready for the Wind Tunnel
Posing with Kit Fisto (Master Jedi) at Disney
Jaws bit off more than he could chew....us!!!
Our Pre-Flight Picture
Briefing Day (08/23/08) for the October 7 Zero-G Flight
Pictured: left (me) / right (Luther Richardson)
Flight Day (10/07/08) / Pre-Flight & Post-Flight Pictures
Nerd Day! (Rentz & Baker)
Western Day! (Rentz & Baker)