English Language Arts  9-12  

Overland Park, Kansas


Total years as a classroom teacher: 30



University of Missouri-KC                                Post Graduate (National Writing Project)           2010

University of Kansas                                        Post Graduate                                                   2000

Washburn University School of Law                 Juris Doctor, cum laude                                    1985

University of Kansas                                        MS Secondary Education, cum laude                 1976

University of Kansas                                        BS English and Secondary Education                1971



2015 to Present             12th  grade  AP Literature and Composition/Contemporary Communication,

Blue Valley West High School, Overland Park, KS

2011-2012                   Graduate, Composition, University of Missouri-KC, Kansas City, MO

1999-2015                   9-12 AP Language, Video Productions, Leavenworth High School, Leavenworth, KS

1992-1994                   Undergraduate, General and Business Law, University of St. Mary, Leavenworth, KS

1974-1983                   Senior Honors English, Leavenworth High School, Leavenworth, KS

1971-1974                   9-12 English, Debate, Drama, Forensics, Yearbook, Immaculata High School, Leavenworth, KS



2018                Jeffrey L. Baxter, More Than One Way Home (memoir), Dorrance Publishing

2017                Inspirational Teacher of the Year, Blue Valley West Honor Society

2015                National Education Association, Global Fellows Foundation Project member

2015                ECET2 National Symposium of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

2014                Kansas Teacher of the Year

1989                Leadership Kansas member


  • Baxter believes teaching is the noblest profession.
  • Baxter emphasizes, “I teach my students hope. By helping them appreciate the value of language, they develop problem-solving habits that make them lifelong learners.”