Mr. Baker is a 1985 graduate of River View High School. He received his education degree from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in 1989 and his master’s degree and Principal’s Certificate from Salem University in 2007.
Mr. Baker has been a teacher, coach, and administrator in the River View Local School District his entire career. In 1990, he began teaching physical education at Warsaw Elementary and Union Elementary. He remained in this position for three years before moving to Keene Elementary. There he taught math and science for seven years. He then moved a final time, to River View Junior High. He has been at RVJHS since then teaching math and serving as an administrator.
The teacher that had the greatest impact on him and actually inspired him to become a teacher was his 6th grade teacher at Warsaw Elementary, Mr. Jim Chaney. Mr. Chaney was extremely passionate about teaching and, more important than anything else, he cared about his students and their well being. He taught with the philosophy, “Students may not always remember what we taught them, but they will always remember how we treated them". Mr. Baker says “I have always tried my best to teach and coach with that same philosophy throughout my career. I hope that all of my former students and players felt that I tried to do that.”
In his spare time, Mr. Baker likes to play competitive golf and spend time with his grandkids..
Mr. Baker and his wife Melissa have been married since 2003. Mr. Baker’s son, Brock, is engaged to Samantha Chrisman. They have three children, Parker and Baylor Chrisman and Beckett Baker. Melissa’s son Dayne and his wife Allison have twin daughters, Maeve and Johnnie.