Kansas State Teacher of the Year, 2014
Jeff Baxter is a language arts teacher at Blue Valley West High School in Overland Park, KS. A graduate of the University of Kansas with Bachelor’s Degrees in Education and English and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education, he also has a Juris Doctorate from Washburn University School of Law.
Jeff has taught every level and grade of middle and high school students in his twenty-nine years of teaching — from non-readers to National Merit Finalists. He brings the same passion and excitement no matter who he is teaching.
Presently, Jeff teaches AP Literature and Composition at BVW and a graduate course in composition at University of Missouri -KC. A fellow of the National Writing Project and teaching consultant with the Greater Kansas City Writing Project, Jeff has presented hundreds of workshops to middle and high school teachers and community college professors throughout the Midwest.
Jeff is a passionate and dynamic teacher who believes in rigor, relevancy and relationships in all classroom activities. He is in the process of completing a book which began as a writing activity with his students. The book, More Than One Way Home, should be completed this summer. Jeff is the 2014 Kansas Teacher of the Year.
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Videos of Practice
with Jeff Baxter
Engaging students with meaningful and relevant conversations about reading and writing.