Annehurst Elementary School Principal Howard Baum has announced that he will retire on February 1, 2013, when he reaches his 35th year as an educator in Westerville. He said his time in the district has been “amazing,” and that each school where he has worked holds special memories for him.
Baum, who earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees from The Ohio State University (OSU), had a memorable first week of employment in the Westerville City School District. August 28 and 29, 1978, were Teacher Work Days, and he reported to Robert Frost Elementary, where he had been hired to teach fourth grade. On August 30, the students arrived for their first day of classes. On August 31 Baum took a personal day to graduate from OSU. And on September 2, he got married.
Baum taught fourth grade and, eventually, sixth grade at Robert Frost until October 9, 1987, when he was named Assistant Principal at Huber Ridge Elementary School and Interim Supervisor of Able and Talented Programs. From 1989-1990, he served as Principal of the newly-created Emerson Language Arts and Computer Magnet School. From 1990-1992, he became Principal of both Emerson and Central College Language Arts and Computer Magnet Schools. He continued to work as a principal for the remainder of his school career, from 1992-1999 at Wilder; from 1999-2001 at Emerson (again); and, beginning in 2001, at Annehurst Elementary.
In a letter addressed to Westerville administrators, Baum mused, “As I begin to write the next chapter of my life, I know that the past 34 years will help frame how it is written. I am truly grateful for all that Westerville City Schools has given me and it saddens me to think about not working with the wonderful staff, students and parents each day.”