Ms. Baum

Welcome to 6th grade at Dartmouth, and the Lions' Team in particular. I look forward to getting to know you as the year progresses, but to start out, let me tell you a bit about myself.


I grew up in Sunnyvale, and attended Fremont High School. I then went to Brigham Young University, graduating from there with a double major in Special and Elementary Education. I traveled a bit more before returning to the Bay Area, spending time in Germany and Israel. I am happy to have been able to call the Dartmouth community my home for over 30 years now. I spent the first 14 years at Athenour, as a Resource Specialist and later a 2nd grade teacher, and loved every minute of my time there. However it was when I came to Dartmouth to teach 6th grade that I discovered my real passion. I've taught 1st grade through high school, but my favorite place to be is in 6th grade. I enjoy the mixture of fun, of curiosity, of innocence, and of excitement in 6th graders. There is truly no better age to teach!


This year I will again be teaching Language Arts and Social Studies, my two favorite subjects. I am excited to share the joy and the power of literature with my students as well as the excitement of seeing how history, yes, even ancient history, affects our lives today. We'll be doing a lot of writing in both Language Arts and Social Studies, knowing that the more we write, the better writers we become. While doing that, we'll both find out more about each other as well as stretch our minds. Along the way, we will be asking lots of questions about the curriculum and our world. After all, if we want to learn, we need to ask questions, of others and ourselves!


Your best resource for happenings on the Lions Team will be our team page on the Dartmouth website. There you'll find a copy of our latest newsletter, as well as links to activities and work the students have been doing. For the most current communications, however, please send us your email address. We try to send out newsletters approximately once a month to help keep you informed about what is happening in our classrooms and on the team.


is a little village in southern Germany where I have family, population only around 500 people! It's peaceful and the people are wonderful. Where is your favorite place to be?