John C. Baab
John Baab was the yearbook and photography adviser at
for 33 years beginning in 1969.
During that time, he
served on the AIPA
board as Vice-President, President, Executive Secretary, Workshop Director and Co-Chairman of the fall conference.
When John became Executive Secretary, he said, "I tried to contact everyone in the state which took a huge amount of time, but it gave me more insight into what our advisers were like.
Two examples: one school had me call the mayor who was the journalism teacher and yearbook adviser, and at another school the yearbook adviser was head coach of the baseball team and the principal."
helped rewrite the constitution during his
tenure, which redefined responsibilities and created positions for many people to help run AIPA rather than just a few.
felt, saved the organization.
We rewrote the constitution, and the rest is history," Baab
Likewise, when he
ran workshop, John's philosophy was to impact as many people as possible.
also taught photography and yearbook at workshops in San Angelo, Texas; San Francisco and San Diego, California; Greeley, Colorado.
was one of my teachers from 1994 until 1997 when I graduated from
. Mr. Baab
was a man who has dedicated the majority of his
career as a teacher to Santa Rita and the students who attended it.
is somebody I consider to have made a significant impact on myself, numerous other students and his
own peers throughout the past few decades.
classroom have always had an open door policy which allowed students the ability to dedicate additional time to projects.
was always available to answer questions and would often stay late to allow students to make up work or work on projects.
various teaching techniques, including methods such as trial and error were very beneficial to most of my peers.
did whatever he
could to make sure his
students learned the material and that they succeeded in his
classroom regardless of what it took.
also gave his
students the opportunity to participate in various activities, clubs and community service projects outside of school.
Organizations such as Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA) allowed students to take what they learned inside the classroom and put them to use in real-world situations in areas such as technical, skilled and service occupations.
has demonstrated his
dedication to continuous learning by getting his
students involved in organizations such as VICA as a way to encourage students the opportunity to excel in life beyond a classroom setting.
John Baab is a teacher that every student at Santa Rita knew and talked about in a positive way regardless of whether or not they had him as a teacher.
career, the impact and accomplishments he
made are truly amazing; he
deserves every honor and award that comes his