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Gianforte Recognizes Linda Rost of Baker With Spirit of Montana Commendation

June 25, 2020
Press Release

Congressman Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.) recognized Linda Rost of Baker with his Spirit of Montana commendation for her commitment to education, her exceptional, engaging science instruction, and her lasting impact on students.

Linda teaches biology, AP biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, and science research at Baker High School. Teaching is Linda’s passion, and Montana is better for it. She says it’s exciting to see her students pick a research project they’re passionate about, lead it to completion, and find themselves along the way. Many of Linda’s students have competed in national and international science competitions. Linda is the 2020 Montana Teacher of the Year, and she was one of four finalists for 2020 National Teacher of the Year.

Gianforte’s Spirit of Montana is a weekly recognition of Montanans for their accomplishments, dedication, or service. Gianforte highlights the recipient in the U.S. House of Representatives and personally contacts the honorees.

Gianforte encourages anyone to nominate Montanans for the Spirit of Montana award by contacting his office at 202-225-3211 or by email at https://gianforte.house.gov/contact/email.

Gianforte’s statement in the Congressional Record follows:

RECOGNIZING LINDA ROST OF BAKER

Madam Speaker, Montana has some of the best, brightest, most innovative educators in our country, and our students are better for it. I rise today to honor one of the best, Linda Rost of Baker who’s recognized for her dedication to students and for her outstanding accomplishments in education.

Linda loves rural living and that’s why Baker is her perfect fit. She enjoys the culture and the pride people have living in a small community. She says, when there’s crummy winter weather, everyone goes through it together, and the community grows stronger and closer.

Her extended family lives in nearby Willard. Linda feels a deep connection to the area. When a teacher is linked to her community that much, she can more easily relate to the kids and make a lasting difference in their lives.

While attending New Mexico State University, Linda started studying to be a scientist, but soon found the lab lonely and boring. She noticed she enjoyed tutoring and began taking education classes. That’s when she realized where her passions lie and what she truly wanted to do. Fast forward to today, she earned two master’s degrees in education from Montana State University, and is working on a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at Texas Tech University.

Linda teaches biology, AP biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, and science research at Baker High School, the same high school her father went to. She says it’s really exciting to see her students pick a research project they’re passionate about, lead it to completion, and find themselves along the way. Many of Linda’s students have competed in national and international science competitions.

Two recent graduates of Baker High School conducted innovative, cutting-edge research. One student studied breast cancer signs and tested novel drugs used on brain cancer. He conducted weekly Skype sessions with scientists and got good results.

Another student wanted to make a biodegradable wrap for hay bales. She produced a bioplastic for the bales out of algae – stronger than the usual wrap – and after two weeks, it degraded slowly while maintaining its strength.

Linda calls herself a “guide,” but she is so much more. Linda serves as an inspiration for her students.

Linda is the 2020 Montana Teacher of the Year, and she was one of four finalists for 2020 National Teacher of the Year, which is run by the Council of Chief State School Officers.

Teaching is Linda’s passion, and Montana is better for it.

Madam Speaker, for her commitment to education, her exceptional, engaging science instruction, and her lasting impact on students.