Grade 2 teacher Jeannie Bayer remembers being drawn to Green Hedges because she saw “the genuine joy and enthusiasm displayed on the students’ faces.” Mrs. Bayer has a BA in Sociology from Westminster College, and before coming to GHS, spent seven years as a long-term substitute at Flint Hill Elementary School, where she worked in advanced and general academic programs, as well as in special education and art. Her original interest in working with children was sparked when she worked with Head Start, and when she researched factors affecting educational and career aspirations in older students as part of her college studies.
“I believe it is so important for all children to know they are valued and loved for who they are,” says Mrs. Bayer, who enjoys partnering with other adults to help reach this goal in education. She also values her partnership with parents, saying, “there’s not just one way to work with each child. Together we find the most fruitful avenues.”
As an adult thinking back on significant moments in her own education, Mrs. Bayer remembers a high school teacher who inspired her to stretch the limits of her aspirations. “Don’t limit yourself,” he advised her. It is a message she has lived out, and one she communicates to her students. Mrs. Bayer has four children, and enjoys traveling, biking, and hiking.