2006-10-07 / News

Teacher Seth Baker Aims To Interact With Students

By Ryan Schlehuber

The teaching philosophy of new social studies teacher Seth Baker of Midland is to be interactive with students in their education and play a role in their lives. "When the kids leave my classroom, I want them to be excited about learning," he said. The teaching philosophy of new social studies teacher Seth Baker of Midland is to be interactive with students in their education and play a role in their lives. "When the kids leave my classroom, I want them to be excited about learning," he said. Seth Baker knows exactly what lies ahead in his adventure as Mackinac Island Public School's new social studies teacher and living here the year-around.

"I have to buy a snowmobile," he said, realizing the importance of winter transportation on the Island. "That's one thing, for sure."

Mr. Baker, 29, will also teach music to students in grades kindergarten to seven and wood shop as an elective course for high school students.

His background in music includes serving four years on the Spartan Marching Band at Michigan State University and five years on the MSU Campus Band. At his high school in Midland, he performed in the choir and band programs.

"He has wonderful credentials," said Superintendent Roger Schrock. "We interviewed him twice and he demonstrated a wide variety of knowledge in history and social studies."

Mr. Baker, who enjoys both teaching and studying history, said he is excited to have the opportunity to live and teach in such a tight-knit community that is surrounded by a rich history.

"The small school atmosphere gives me a chance to know the students better, which is very important to me," he said. "I want to play a good role in our students' lives. And with the Island itself, it is a great opportunity to investigate its history."

He describes himself as "hyper-organized" and plans to introduced students to many hands-on, interactive projects.

"I love activities and projects," he said. "That's the kind of learning that gets the students excited."

By getting students involved in projects, he said, they will put more value on what they learn and want more.

"I want them to leave here with the skills to be successful as adults," he said.

Of his career ambitions, he said, "We all had those dreams of being an archaeologist digging for dinosaur bones when we were in fourth grade, but teaching was more of a calling for me. I never really wanted to do anything else."

Mr. Baker is engaged to his high school sweetheart, Emily Ovaitt, an English teacher at Paradise in Whitefish Township. They plan to marry in the summer of 2008.

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