Mr. Booth, 4th Grade Teacher
We had a fun family trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. We went in at Fall Lake and paddled up to Pipestone Bay where we caught some bass. I'm on the far right.

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Fourth grade is a terrific grade to teach.  Students at this age are fun, engaged and eager to find out new things. This year's theme is "Distination USA: the geography, government and history of our country."  I am leading the National Geography Bee at Laporte School for a third year and I hope to inspire my class and classes through 8th grade to learn more about the planet they live on. I am also implementing project based learning in fourth grade: students will choose a topic, research it, create a presentation for the public and teach others what they have learned.

I have taught at Laporte School for 21 years and have taught first, second, third, fourth and fifth grades here. I taught for one year in England (2004-05) on a Fulbright Teacher Exchange. I have a Masters of Science degree in Education and Curriculum and received the 2009 Outstanding Educator Award from the WEM Center for Academic Excellence.

I am the head coach for Laporte's Speech Team, which took two students to State last year, and I coach the Laporte High School Cross Country Team, now in its fourth season.

My wife Kristi is director of Minnesota Public Radio for northern Minnesota and I have a 17 year old son, Jack, who is a senior at Laporte (he loves football, theater, baseball and speech) and a 20 year old daughter, Erin, who is in Ecuador this fall on a Spanish and health program as a junior at the University of Minnesota.

I grew up at Cry of the Loon Lodge on Kabekona lake, I live on Evergreen Lake, I love to canoe in the Boundary Waters and cross-country ski. I coach cross-country running and speech at Laporte. I run nearly every day and have completed 9 marathons. I love to read and I am currently reading The Book Thief.