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Amber Damm -- Room 18
Backpacking
Pacific Coast at Olympic National Park in WA

I grew up on a small plot of land nestled between woods and cornfields where Wisconsin and Illinois meet, but the city beckoned and off I went to Minneapolis.  After living in Minneapolis for twenty years, this year my husband and I bought 10 acres of his grandmother's farm outside of Northfield. Off a gravel road, we are surrounded by pastures, an old barn, cat tails, and woods.  I have taught in the Minneapolis Public Schools for eighteen years, one in north Minneapolis at Henry High School and the last seventeen at  Barton Open.  Here I’ve fallen in love with progressive education and the power that comes with authentic community and socialized intelligence. I am passionate about the classes I have created and teach: a two-year language

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Discussing A Raisin in the Sun
arts course focused on issues of racial and economic injustice, Holocaust Studies, The History of the Art of Film, and Great Books.

Life outside of my Barton family is joyful with my sweet and smily son, Ezra (3), spirited and active Ava (5) my dashing, bike riding, landscaping husband Jeff, and my kind, book-loving twenty-one year old step-daughter, Mahalia, whose thriving in college in Michigan. 

Being lifelong residents of the Midwest, my husband and I delight in opportunities to venture west to the mountains and ocean.  In the summers we like to traipse through the backcountry on the Olympic Peninsula, at Glacier, or in our own state’s Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area

Jeff and Amber
Backpacking at Horseshoe Basin, North Cascades National Park , WA
with a skinny Steinbeck novel in our packs. We also relish the hike out and a great latte and tasty meal in places like Portland, Seattle, or Grand Marais.