Degrees and Certifications:
BLA - University of Idaho MEd - Northwest Nazarene University National Association of Science Teachers
Mrs. Robin Baker
Welcome Team Discovery Scientists!
My name is Robin Baker, and I'm incredibly proud to be part of our 7th Grade Team Discovery. This will be my second year teaching life science - a curriculum I enjoyed discovering along with my students last year and can't wait to dive into again with new insights and a more focused direction. Horticulture, landscape ecology, and the human interface have long been a passion of mine. Before I was a teacher, I was a builder and a landscape architect. Projects I'm most proud of include the West Boise Watershed Environmental Learning Center and Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park, both nearby. I hold a Bachelor's of Landscape Architecture from the University of Idaho and a Master's in Curriculum and Education from Northwest Nazarene University, but am primarily a Colorado State Rams fan. I came to teaching after realizing how sharing with youth and being surrounded by bustling activity feeds my soul. In my free time, I'm raising a 3 year old and two almost grown-ups, playing ice hockey, and doing everything french horn.
It is a huge honor to teach this 7th grade science. Our students are the most dynamic - middle school is about exploration, experimentation, and discovering who you are. Researchers say that scientists often choose their field by 8th grade, so what we do here in this classroom this year is incredibly important. We are in a unique position to encourage our young Chargers to consider what life would be like as a scientist. In my class, we will learn the foundations of biology, explore the basic concepts of genetics, look at how species have changed over time, and examine how organisms are interrelated in an ecosystem. We will practice our writing and graphing skills, try our hand at microscopes, run wildly through the schoolyard, dig worms, and plant seeds.