Alice Baughman
Alice Baughman

August 4, 2017

Some families pass down blue eyes or freckles through the generations, but Alice Baughman’s family gave her a knack for teaching.

Baughman, who will teach part time at Carroll Community Schools this year, is a third-generation teacher. Her late mother and grandmother both were teachers. Baughman’s mother taught in Exira, and her grandmother was a teacher in Denmark.

Her family has always included teachers and farmers, Baughman said. Her husband, Tim, has taught industrial technology teacher in Denison for the past 21 years.

This school year, Baughman will be a part-time Carroll employee. Last year, she split her time between the Carroll and Ar-We-Va school districts. At Ar-We-Va, she worked as an elementary- and middle-school counselor, taught middle-school family and consumer sciences and was a study skills teacher for sixth grade. After her decision to work solely in Carroll this year, she will continue to teach sixth-grade group reading and middle-school family and consumer sciences in Carroll, positions she began last year.

Baughman began her career in what was initially home-economics teaching in Pocahontas after graduating from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in home economics in 1979. She later received a master’s degree in elementary school counseling from Drake University.

She worked for the Iowa State University Extension office for a time before moving to Schleswig to work as an elementary- and middle-school counselor. She then started her eight-year career at Ar-We-Va. This will be her 21st year as a teacher.

Like her family, Baughman is passionate about teaching.

“I kind of took my hobbies and made it my job,” she said. “I’ve always enjoyed art, sewing, cooking — just the life skills, skills you need as an adult. I found them to be important. My high school teacher was very good, and I decided I wanted to be like her.”

She is excited to begin her school year at Carroll. She already has built relationships with the incoming eighth-grade students and knows the seventh-grade students from working with them as their reading teacher last year.

She said she enjoys working with Carroll students because she thinks they are receptive learners, excited to participate in hands-on projects such as sewing — her favorite of her many hobbies.

Baughman said she loves teaching family and consumer sciences because of how active it is.

“It’s hands-on,” she said. “I can see the kids’ interest — everybody participates. It’s their first try at this usually, and I understand that — we just try to make them successful.”

In the end, what keeps Baughman coming back year after year is the kids.

“They are so neat,” she said. “ It’s fun to watch them learn and grow.”