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Mull Elementary School's Teacher of the Year for 2015-2016

posted Oct 15, 2015, 7:14 AM by Mull Elementary School   [ updated Oct 17, 2015, 5:51 AM by Deborah Childers ]
Congratulations to Ms. Baker- Our 2015-2016 Mull Elementary School Teacher of the Year!
A few words from Natalie Baker:

Teaching is an absolute passion of mine!  I am so excited and honored to be named as Teacher of the Year at Mull Elementary School! I have the privilege to work with many amazing colleagues and the best students in Burke County! I would like to take a minute to tell you a little more about myself.

I have a the most amazing boyfriend named Ben.  We have four amazing furbabies, Rousey, an adorable orange Tabby kitten who we rescued, Ziggy, a large, loveable blue Great Dane, Stella a sweet, mild mannered Lhasa Apso, and Jager, a Chihuahua mix who rules the roost with his undeniable cuteness. In my spare time, I enjoy fishing, spending time outdoors, swimming, cooking with Ben and baking. I absolutely LOVE baking and creating specialty cakes, cupcakes, and confectionary goods for clients!

I have lived in Morganton since 2012 and before that, grew up in the Drexel/Valdese area.  I went to East Burke High School and graduated in 2001. Then I went to Appalachian State University for 2 years as a pre-med/Chemistry major. After two years at App State, I took a semester off and moved to Orlando, FL, where I worked at Walt Disney World! Once I moved back from Orlando, I went to and graduated from Lees McRae College in 2005 with Bachelor’s of Science degree in Elementary Education. I have a younger brother, Bryant who is married to my sweet sister-in-law Pamela. My mother and father live in Drexel and we enjoy spending quality time together. My mother is a retired Special Education teacher and drives the activity bus for our field trips!  

This is my ELEVENTH year teaching. At the beginning of my career, I taught at George Hildebrand Elementary for three years. During my time there, I taught third grade and kindergarten. While at GHES, I was involved with the school improvement team and assisted in leading the chorus. After three years at GHES where I made many wonderful memories, I moved to Mull Elementary. During my eight years here, I have taught Pre-K, Kindergarten, first, and second grade. During my time at Mull, I have been involved on the school improvement team, worked to coordinate special activities for Dr. Seuss' birthday/Read Across America week, and I lead the Mull Elementary Robotics Team Robo Empire. I am very proud of my robotics teams in years past! They have worked very hard and last year won the county Robotics Championship! We are looking forward to another great year in Robotics and hope to represent our school well at competition in April. 

 I absolutely love teaching!  It is my desire to instill a love for learning in all my students.  I attempt to teach with a passion so that my students become life-long learners. As a teacher, I live by the phrase "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." When my students leave my room at the end of the year, I do my best to ensure they leave with a fire burning for learning, knowledge and school. Teaching is so much more than filling a child's head with knowledge. We must help our students see that it's what they do with their knowledge that is truly powerful! We as teachers are equipping them with the tools for success and the ability to discern how to use those tools. As Nelson Mandela said, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." My hope is that my students will learn that knowledge is power and with a good education, they can tackle any obstacle they may encounter. Again, I am very humbled and appreciative to represent my wonderful school as Teacher of the Year! Thank you so much!