Rachel Baker is going into her 7th year of teaching mathematics at Humboldt High School in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She earned her B.A. in Mathematics and Masters in Math Education from the University of Minnesota. She has spent most of her time teaching Algebra 2 and helps lead the Algebra 2 curriculum team for her school district. At Humboldt, she serves as the co-leader of her math department, has spent time as a union steward, has led the 11th grade level team, and has been awarded over $20,000 in grants for various projects. The most notable project was a public Math Carnival that brought drew almost 1,000 students, families, and community members. Through Hollyhock, Rachel drastically improved the way she does assessments in her classroom. Instead of students taking traditional math tests, they write papers where they are required to explain how they did the math. She has shared the process of written math assessments with other teachers in the building, district, the Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. As a Hollyhock Leading Fellow, Rachel hopes to strengthen her ability to productively lead teachers and collaborate with new Hollyhock Fellows! When Rachel isn’t thinking about how to get students to learn math, she likes to go to concerts, camp, play guitar, cook for family, and walk around one of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes.