Ms. Barbara Baker stated, “I am humbled and honored for the opportunity to serve the students of Garrett County in this capacity. I look forward to working with staff, parents, and community partners to provide learning opportunities for our students.”
Speaking for the Board, Charlotte Sebold, Board President, thanked Dr. Janet Wilson for her 4 years of service as Superintendent of Garrett County Public Schools
Mrs. Sebold stated, “The State Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Karen Salmon, has approved Ms. Baker to serve as an interim superintendent for one year, which is the direction the Board wishes to go at this time.”
Ms. Baker has served the students of Garrett County Public Schools for the past 26 years. She began her career as a German instructor at Southern Middle School in 1990. Since that time, she has continued in a variety of roles including elementary school teacher, principal, director and her current position as Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services. During her tenure, she has been responsible for overseeing classroom instruction, building management, instructional leadership, school improvement, strategic planning, grant writing and management, and serving as a chairperson for many committees and teams. Her experience has led her to be involved in all facets of education. She has worked with all stakeholders from students, teachers, building administrators, community, to central office. Beyond her involvement at the local level, Mrs. Baker has participated in regional and state level (MSDE) educational planning and implementation and is familiar with state initiatives and related legislation.
Ms. Baker is a product of Garrett County Public Schools and a graduate of Northern Garrett High School. She continued her education at Ohio University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and a minor in German. Additionally, she has earned a Master’s Degree in School Guidance and Counseling and certification in Administration and Supervision. She has been accepted as a candidate in the Frostburg State University Doctoral program where she will work toward a doctorate in educational leadership with a concentration in P-12 Leadership.
Ms. Baker is an active member of the Oakland Rotary Club, serving as the organization’s president since 2015. As a member of the Rotary, Mrs. Baker has been a volunteer for the annual Christmas project, organized and participated in fundraisers, and coordinated educational guest speakers. In addition to being a member of the Rotary Club, she has supported numerous local service organizations including Garrett Lakes Arts Festival, Garrett Mentors, House of Hope, and Garrett County United Way. She is also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, a professional honor society of women educators whose mission is to promote professional and personal growth and excellence in education.
Ms. Baker is a resident of Garrett County and the daughter of Robert and Ann (deceased) Taylor. She has two siblings who are also involved in education – Suzan Taylor-O’Brien (teacher) and David Taylor (Southern Garrett Wrestling Coach). She has one daughter, Nicole Ann Baker, a 2016 graduate of Southern Garrett High School. Together, they enjoy traveling, outdoor activities, attending national sporting events, and supporting county activities such as sports, arts, sciences, and robotics.
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