Making Math Fun: Stephaine Baledge

Making Math Fun: Stephaine Baledge
Posted on 04/25/2017
Stephaine BaledgeCurrent and previous students of Alexandria-Monroe Intermediate School third grade math teacher, Stephanie Baledge, all have one common thing to say about her; she is fun. The students attribute their ability to remember math equations and facts to Baledge's introduction of fun into the subject. They say the songs, the games, the contest, including earning ice cream cones and toppings, help them to remember things. Born and raised in Alexandria, Baledge is in her tenth year of teaching at AMIS. She has previously taught Special Education, sixth grade math, and now is in her third year teaching the third grade students. She began her teaching career as Miss Rowland right after graduating from Marian (College) University in Indianapolis. Baledge says she uses a lot of songs and games, or any way possible to make math fun so the students remember. "It is so much fun," she said, "I have so much fun teaching. I want them (students) to enjoy school; I want them to love learning and to look forward to the day." Fifth grade AMIS student, Lauren Johnson said, "Out of all of my math teachers, she was my favorite, because she is fun." Fourth grader Aiden Bartel and fifth grader Eli DiRuzza agree. Sixth grader, Faith Beeman added, "She helped me get to where I am today in math because she made it fun." Paraprofessional Mrs. Gaines, who watches Baledge interact with the students daily, said, "She is the most amazing math teacher." As an Alexandria native, Baledge is grateful to be part of the Alexandria Community School System. Of her AMIS coworkers she says, "We really pull together; we just come together and take care of each other like we are a close family. I fell it is important to have that with the people you work with. I love it here." Outside of her classroom, Baledge has served on the technology committee, organized the Haunted House for the city's Monster Bash; founded AMIS's FunFest, and participates in the AMIS PTO as not only a teacher, but a parent. She is a member of Delta Theta Tau Sorority. Baledge is one of two Crisis Prevention Intervention trainers in the Alexandria School District. A former high school and college softball player, Baledge use to coach the AMHS Varsity Softball team; she also coached junior high volleyball and high school girl's basketball. She is currently the director of the Youth Junior Girls Softball League in Alexandria. Baledge and husband Aaron will be celebrating their ten year wedding anniversary in June. They have three children, Charleigh Belle and Jasper, both enrolled in ACS schools and Dexter who is 1½ years old.

Written By: JENNY CORBETT at the Alexandria Times - Tribune

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