Meet Mrs. Bauer


My Educational Background:

I have been teaching for 29 years, with 23 of those years teaching music and 2 of those years combined teaching music and art.  I have also taught 1st, 3rd and 4th grade regular classrooms.  I earned my bachelor’s in elementary education with a minor in vocal music at Grand Canyon Univ.  Following that, I went on to get endorsements in music and ESL, and finally a master’s degree in elementary ed. from Ottawa Univ.   Teaching in both areas has given me the opportunity to do what I love best, and that is sharing my love of learning and being able to pass that on to children. 


My Family:

I have been married to my husband, Dan, for 28 years.  He teaches automotive tech. at Buckeye Union High School.   We have 3 wonderful children that we love spending time with.  Kiersten , who is 24, is married and teaches high school graphic design.  My boys, who are 23 and 19 years old,  both have autism, which has helped me to understand so many of our children with special needs.  Erich, has severe autism and is non-verbal.  He attends a day program for adults with special needs while I'm at work.  Our other son, Kurt, who has high-functioning autism (Asperger’s) has overcome some speech, academic and social challenges and is now beginning his first year of college.  My children have taught me how to have patience and understanding for those who learn in different ways.  I know that every child I teach is unique, and I will do my best to teach to their individual needs.

My Interests:

Reading:  I love to read.  I like reading mysteries, but I still have a love of reading children's literature.  My favorite children’s books include the Harry Potter series, Peter and the Starcatchers, and the 39 Clues and the Infinity Ring series.


Traveling:  I have been to Mexico, Canada, many states in the U.S., as well as traveling extensively throughout countries in Europe.  One of my favorite places to go is to Disneyland, so I love all things Disney!  I also love going to the ocean and the mountains.  Any place to escape the desert every once in awhile is good! 

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Music:  Of course, I love music - and that is part of why I am here!  I will listen to almost any style of musical, but my favorite musical styles and musicians are
Indie Rock, Folk Rock, Blues, Ragtime, Pop, Broadway Musicals
Classical:  Mozart, Bach, Beethoven
Christian: Chris Tomlin, Matt Maher, ​Need to Breathe, Rend Collective, David Crowder, Mercy Me, Matt Redman, Sidewalk Prophets, JJ Weeks Band, Phil Wickam, Kari Jobe


Foods:  I have quite a sweet tooth, so I’d rather be eating chocolate or drinking Starbuck’s frappacinos!  On the weekends, I love to bake cupcakes and experiment with new flavors. I got my food handler's permit so that I could sell them from out of my home.