Meet December’s KFM Teacher of the Month

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December’s KFM Teacher of the Month is David Baxter, a physics teacher at Galesburg High School. He was nominated by Brian Wells, a student in his class.

As KFM’s Teacher of the Month, Mr Baxter receives the Big Red Apple Award along with a $100 gift card and other prizes courtesy of Galesburg Nissan, Tompkins State Bank, Galesburg Flower Company and Lacky Monuments, Here’s a little bit about Mr Baxter:


Where did you grow up? 
Davenport, Iowa

Years teaching: 24

Favorite Subject Growing Up: I liked science but my favorite class was a small engines class in junior high.

Favorite Subject To Teach: Physics

Favorite Food: Indian food, Vietnamese food, and Mexican food. I like pizza and lasagna. I like dark chocolate.

Least Favorite Food: Lima beans and peas when they are cooked and squishy. Fresh is better

My Favorite Movie: the first Star Wars (episode 4)

My Favorite Book: I have a lot of favorite books, so it is tough to choose one, but Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain is definitely on the list.

On my spare time I like to:  I like to ride my bicycle. (Cue the song by Queen.)

And here’s what Brian had to say about Mr Baxter:

What sets this teacher apart from others? His passion. He teaches with such immense passion and joy! I always look forward to his physics class. He incorporates humor into his lectures and does amazing demonstrations that are mind-blowing! He will help his students for as long as it takes to make them understand. He has cookie parties after school in which students who need help come in and ask him questions and he gives out cookies. Things like that make him one of my favorite teachers of all time!

What is one thing this teacher does that is not in their job description but they do it anyway to help you or your child? Mr. Baxter has cookie parties after school. He has cookies that he gives out while his students ask him questions about assignments, which is tremendous! Also, like I previously mentioned, he is hilarious! He tells amazing jokes and weaves humor seamlessly into his teaching. He makes school fun to go to. I look forward to his class!

Give an example of a way this teacher has helped or impacted you or your child? He brings out the best in me and has pushed me to fulfill my fullest potential. He treats me like I am special and valued. He is such a magnificent teacher and a inspirational role model for me. I love Mr. Baxter!


As KFM’s Teacher of the Month, Mr Baxter receives the Big Red Apple Award, a $100 gift card, and other gifts. Honoring teachers who make a difference with the Big Red Apple Award from Galesburg Nissan, Tompkins State Bank, Lacky Monuments, Galesburg Flower Company and 105.3 KFM.