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March 9, 2012
Northwest Missouri State University has announced Jill Baker will serve as lead administrator of the Horace Mann Laboratory School, beginning with the 2012-2013 school year.
In addition to her new role, Baker, who has taught at Northwest since 2002, will continue to serve as an instructor in Northwest’s new Department of Professional Education. The appointment is part of a campus-wide realignment plan the University announced in February to address continuing shifts across higher education.
As head of the laboratory school, Baker will serve as the instructional leader, supervising its faculty, staff and students. She will be responsible for evaluating the performance of Horace Mann faculty and staff members and maintaining its budget. She also will be the liaison between Horace Mann faculty and Northwest faculty members in the Department of Professional Education.
“She has a passion for the school as well as the community and the educational arena,” Dr. Joyce Piveral, dean of Northwest’s College of Education and Human Services, said. “She’s been an elementary teacher, and she worked for the Regional Professional Development Center, delivering professional development to teachers. She brings a wealth of experiences to the position.”
Since 2002, Baker has served Northwest as an adjunct instructor, instructing and mentoring pre-service teachers in best practices of instruction, classroom management and discipline with a focus on improving and creating high-quality classroom instruction.
She instructs, observes and evaluates pre-service teachers in the areas of special education, science, social studies, math, reading and language arts practica. She also works closely with Horace Mann faculty to ensure the expectations and performance of practicum students are consistent.
Additionally, Baker has experience as a project assistant for curriculum and instruction and a reading consultant at the Regional Professional Development Center on the Northwest campus. She has served as a classroom teacher and staff developer at Saint Gregory Barbarigo School in Maryville, North Nodaway Elementary School in Pickering, and Joe Mathias Elementary in Rogers, Ark.
Baker earned her master’s degree in educational administration from Northwest in 2001 and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and learning disabilities from Northwest in 1997.
“I am very excited to be a part of the rich educational tradition synonymous with Horace Mann,” Baker said. “I am eager to continue to seek out new and innovative best practices for educating not only our elementary schoolchildren, but our pre-service teachers as well. I look forward to continuing to build collaborative partnerships with both the professional education department and many other departments across campus as we strive to bring an interdisciplinary focus to our instruction.”
The Horace Mann Laboratory School, located on the Northwest campus, is an innovative program that provides clinical experience for pre-service teachers and a diverse and interactive learning environment for children. Housed in Brown Hall, the Horace Mann Laboratory School serves about 130 students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Early childhood classes for children age 3 through pre-kindergarten are offered in the Phyllis and Richard Leet Center for Children and Families in Brown Hall.
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