Archived — Richard Baker

Year: 2013 – Province: Prince Edward Island

Certificate of Excellence Recipient

Richard Baker

Bluefield High School
924 Colville Road, RR#2
Hampshire, Prince Edward Island C0A 1Y0

Principal: Jerry Coady
School Telephone: 902-675-7480
School website: Bluefield High School

Subjects and grades taught: Resource for Grades 10 to 12

With an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, it's is not uncommon to receive an e-mail from Richard Baker at four o'clock in the morning. Driven by a passion for his job, his colleagues often wonder where he finds the time. He's a resource teacher and a coach, but Baker's position at Bluefield High School in Prince Edward Island is best described as helping students enjoy the school day on a daily basis.

Teaching approach

Always thriving on new opportunities, Baker will stop at nothing to find innovative ways of helping students throughout the school to strengthen their skills and achieve their full potential. Baker always seeks to care for the whole child—fostering emotional, social, academic and sometimes even financial needs.

Outstanding achievements

  • Mobilizing students to conduct scientific research for publication, or interview and publish stories about seniors who lived through the Great Depression, Baker was an integral part of applying and securing over $8,000 in grants funding from the Grass Roots Program for new technology in the school.
  • Baker inspired and supported a group of math and science teachers to submit a winning application for a $40,000 HP Teaching with Technology Grant. He was also awarded a $14,000 Future Shop grant for a set of electronic tablets to assist struggling readers and writers.
  • Always finding ways to get involved in the school community, Baker is quick to identify a need and to address it. He started a newcomers club to help new students adjust, get involved and network. He also created a book club that is well beyond a traditional book club, but rather a Society for the Appreciation of Great Literature (SAGL) which has enabled students to participate in projects with local authors and compete in CBC's Battle of the Bookclubs.

Rave reviews

When you see Mr. Baker your first impression of him is that he's always happy. He loves his job and takes it very seriously. If you're in his class he will do anything in his power to help you succeed in life. (…) He cares about everything around him. That's why Mr. Baker is a good teacher. If it wasn't for him, I probably would not have the ability to write this paragraph.

Student

Richard finds time for everyone and everything. He takes the time to tell people how important they are and what he appreciates about them. (…) He has the ability to challenge you without you noticing, and by doing so, allowing you to grow.

Colleague

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