Hello friends! My name is Raquel Baumgardner and I’m a 1st Grade Teacher and Inclusion Specialist at HTeCV. I was born in Caracas, Venezuela and moved to San Diego with my family when I was five years old. In January of 2015, I was hired at HTeCV as an Academic Coach in Kindergarten, then went on to receive my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential through HTH’s Teacher Center while working at HTeCV as an Apprentice Teacher. I started my career as a classroom teacher at the Point Loma campus as a Kindergarten teacher, and had the opportunity to transfer back to the Chula Vista campus as a 1st grade teacher. I also received my Ed Specialist Credential through HTH’s Teacher Center and am now an Inclusion Specialist in my classroom as well. An inspirational quote that resonates with my teaching philosophy is, I want to inspire people. I want someone to look at me and say, Because of you I didn’t give up'”. I hope to inspire students to love learning, to explore, to wonder, to work together, to see the priceless value of education, and to be excited to walk into our classroom everyday! Every student deserves the opportunity to learn, grow and make progress; I hope to provide an engaging, hands-on learning experiencing in a nurturing, organized and peaceful environment. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my loved ones, exploring the many delicious restaurants San Diego has to offer and relaxing by practicing yoga, listening to music and dancing.