Retiring teachers reflect on decades of time at ETHS: Jennifer Baker


Photo courtesy of Jennifer Baker

Hannah Cervantes, Staff Writer

Jennifer Baker, a teacher who has worked at ETHS for 27 years, is retiring at the end of this school year. During her time at the high school, she spent 20 years teaching Special Education classes, then became the IEP (Individualized Education Program) coordinator for her last seven years. Working in Special Education, she interacted with students daily, and also got to work closely with their families. As IEP Coordinator, she continued to work with Special Education students, but had more oversight into how the program was run.

“Both positions have been very rewarding,” wrote Baker.

In the time she has spent at the high school, she has seen a lot change. With the addition of the gym wing, as well as other changes to the facilities, there have been many physical improvements to the building. Additionally, there have been lots of cultural shifts, including the addition of summits that celebrate all kinds of cultures and identities.

“The school has changed both physically and culturally throughout my years at ETHS,” wrote Baker. “It is hard to remember how the school looked in 1996!”

Now that her time at ETHS is ending, Baker has had the opportunity to reflect on all the meaningful connections she has made over the years.

“In my work, I have had the opportunity to get to know so many wonderful students, families and staff,” wrote Baker. “I wouldn’t change a thing.”

All good things must come to an end, however, and Baker is ready to start the next chapter of her life.

“I am only retiring because it is time to move on to the next phase of my life,” wrote Baker.