Rae Lynn Bauer
Rae Lynn Bauer grew up in Plymouth, Wisconsin, a small town located an hour north of Milwaukee. She graduated from Plymouth High School in 1990, where she was involved in everything related to sports and leadership. She worked various jobs to support herself through college, including cheese factories, book binding companies, special-needs facilities, and the retail world of Wal-Mart. Most notably, Rae Lynn was promoted to Assistant Manager for Wal-Mart during her final year of college. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater in 1995, majoring in Spanish and minoring in Finance. A couple of years after college, she grew tired of the bitter cold Wisconsin winters and moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
It was in Oklahoma City that Rae Lynn found a new career and her future husband. She began working for the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce as their Accounts Receivable Clerk and Newsletter Editor and met her husband, Jay, while playing softball. She followed Jay to Midland, Texas, and continued her non-profit work as the Events Specialist with the Odessa Convention & Visitors Bureau and later as the Director of Communications of the Odessa Chamber of Commerce.
Rae Lynn and Jay were married in Colorado Springs in 2000 and had their first child, Koy, in 2003. Rae Lynn took on the role of full-time mom, while Jay furthered his career and moved the family to Perryton, Texas. Their second child, Courtney, was born in Liberal, Kansas, in 2005. Courtney was born with a heart defect, which prompted the family to move to the Denver area. Courtney’s health improved by the time she turned two, at which time the family decided to move to Byers. Rae Lynn continued to work full-time taking care of her two children. In 2009, Kyla arrived and completed the family.
In the fall of 2013, acknowledging the fact that her children were all in school, Rae Lynn began employment as a substitute teacher for the Byers School District. Debbie Cowell then prompted her to apply for the Jr. & Sr. High School Special Education Aide position, which she received. It was in this position where she found a new love of teaching. Desiring to take a more active role in the education of the students at Byers High School, Rae Lynn completed the Alternative Licensing program during the 2015-16 school year while teaching High School English. Rae Lynn currently holds certification to teach the following: Elementary, English, Spanish, and Special Education-Generalist.
This is Rae Lynn’s 3rd year teaching High School English, as well as taking on the leadership roles of Knowledge Bowl and Journalism Club (a club which began in the 2015-16 school year by the request of a few students). In the classroom, she looks forward to seeing her students grow in their writing and reading experiences. While some of the classic literature is still taught, Rae Lynn tries to tie modern day life and literature to the classroom as well. Junior High Journalism Club and Knowledge Bowl meetings are held after school on Wednesdays, from 3:30 – 4:30, while High School Knowledge Bowl meets Mondays at 7:00 AM, and High School Journalism Club meets Fridays at 7:00 AM.