TJ- Scott Baitz


Bachelor of Science: Secondary Education: Earth Science
State University of New York: New Paltz
Graduated: May 2012
Endorsements: Professional Teacher License: Science Education (7-12)
Teaching History:
2012-2014: Long Island, New York – Science Tutor in Adolescent Psych Units
2014-2015: New York City – 6th & 7th Grade Science
2015-2017: New York City – High School Earth Science
2017-2020: Parker, Colorado – 8th Grade Science
2020-Present: Denver, Colorado – Earth Science & Physical Science

Life Before Thomas Jefferson High School

For me, my teaching career started with a rock. Well, a collection of rocks. Growing up, I was fascinated by the amount of history a single rock could hold. I hoarded them, thinking of my collection as my own sampling of geologic history. While I eventually gave away most of my rock collection, this desire to understand the natural world never left me.

I ended up studying geology and education in college at SUNY New Paltz. Digging even deeper into my scientific studies revealed my passion for discovering the connections between life today and ancient natural history. I never stopped seeking out that feeling of discovery and exploration, which is how I decided to become a science teacher. There’s nothing better than getting to share this passion with my students.

Outside of school, I still geek out about science, geology, and nature. As a geologist, I naturally love spending time in nature. While I enjoy indoor activities like PC gaming, I try to make the most of all that Colorado offers, such as hiking and photographing the many natural parks, cycling the local bike trails, and longboarding around Denver.


“For deep time is measured in units that humble the human instant: millennia, epochs and aeons, instead of minutes, months and years. Deep time is kept by rock, ice, stalactites, seabed sediments and the drift of tectonic plates. Seen in deep time, things come alive that seemed inert. New responsibilities declare themselves. Ice breathes. Rock has tides. Mountains rise and fall. We live on a restless Earth.” – Robert Macfarlane, Underland: A Deep Time Journey