Baker’s Linda Rost named 2019 Montana Teacher of the Year finalist

Throughout her time teaching in Ekalaka and Baker, Rost has had the opportunity to impact the lives of many and introduce countless students to research through the establishment of science fairs, her science research classes, and community involvement.

By Darby Martin

Linda Rost hadn’t always planned on going into education. However, as she moved through her degree in Range Science at New Mexico State University, Rost quickly realized she excelled at tutoring her classmates, and often thought of ways her professors could teach differently. “They made science seem hard and inaccessible,” recalls Rost. “I have a deep desire to make science accessible to everyone, because it is.”

The Montana Teacher of the Year Program is part of the National Teacher of the Year Program. The Teacher of the Year Program works to elevate student success, empower classroom innovation, and enhance teacher leadership. This year, Rost was named one of Montana’s top ten final candidates.

Throughout her time teaching in Ekalaka and Baker, Rost has had the opportunity to impact the lives of many and introduce countless students to research through the establishment of science fairs, her science research classes, and community involvement. Over eighteen student research projects from Rost’s research classes have been nationally or internationally recognized.

Rost hopes to start her Doctorate degree next fall. By continuing her own education, Rost is able to further her own research skills, while learning better ways to help her students. “I have students that have, and will, go on to earn their Ph.D… I will be able to guide and help them much more if I have that experience myself,” says Rost with a smile.

For Rost, science education doesn’t stop at the doors of Baker High School. With every new day, Rost is looking for ways to bring science and research to the community. From working with 4-H, to bringing scientists in from Montana Tech, to making YouTube videos of her lessons, Rost’s impact spans not only through Fallon County, but across Montana.

It is her students, says Rost that inspire her every day. “My students take changes every day and try new things… this encourages me to do the same in my teaching, research, and in my life. I am encouraged by the bravery and fortitude of my students.”