Leonard Baeta lives in Elk Grove, California where he works as a sixth grade teacher. Outside of the classroom Leonard Baeta uses his exceptional teaching abilities to coach a variety of sports, especially his favorite, basketball.
Taking a lot of the same skills he uses in the classroom to the sports field or court, Leonard Baeta strives to develop an environment where his students feel comfortable and are able to most fully develop their skills.
While basketball might hold the distinction of being his favorite, Leonard Baeta will love, play, and cheer on any sport currently in season. As a young boy Leonard played Little League Baseball and fell in love with both playing and watching sports. No matter what kind of ball he could get his hands on, be it baseball, football, or basketball, that was what he was playing for the day. Growing up with friends who were just as interested in sports as he was only fueled Leonard’s love for sports; he was able to quickly gain a close friend group and play the sports he loved as well as foster some fun competition between friends. Leonard Baeta was always trying to become better at whatever he was interested in and trained vigorously every day in a variety of sports.
Leonard Baeta approaches sports the same way he approaches teaching, with passion and a determination to make a positive connection with others and as a team. During his childhood sports were all about the win. Now it is more about the connections, friendships and learning experiences he makes with his team. Leonard Baeta is a people-person through and through. Sports are simply one way he can get out there and talk with people. Leonard Baeta likes to keep life light and in a positive perspective. Leonard is an Easy Bay fan at heart. His favorite sporting teams are the Oakland Raiders, Oakland Athletics and Golden State Warriors.
At this time in his professional career, Leonard Baeta is working at Bannon Creek Elementary school as a sixth grade teacher where he gets to educate his students about a number of different subjects. In the 22 years that Leonard has been a teacher, 21 of those years were spent teaching sixth grade. While there can certainly be challenges that you face as an educator, for Leonard, there’s nothing better than watching his students reach their “Ah ha!” moments, the knowledge that they understand what they’re being taught and can succeed if only they put the work in. These moments, whether big or small, can carry a child through their education, which is why Leonard hails them as victories. He knows the most important element that fuels an educator’s ability to impact their students is trust: when students can trust their teachers, they are better equipped to ask questions, absorb information, and seek help when needed.
Outside of his teaching career, Leonard Baeta is a loving father of four, whose children range in age from 14 to 20. As a family, they enjoy the little moments they get to spend with one another, whether it’s bowling, spending time at the park, going to the gym together, or going for walks with their two dogs.