Timothy Baker is a veteran educator with nearly two decades of experience in public education as a science teacher and public school administrator. When Baker opted to pursue a doctoral degree in the field of educational leadership, equipping him to work as a school superintendent, he chose Concordia-Chicago’s highly respected program. Why Concordia-Chicago? The best recommendation of all: several of Baker’s colleagues had enrolled previously in the program and spoke highly of their experience.
Baker says that the highlight of his time as a graduate student at Concordia-Chicago was the mandatory superintendency internship class. In an otherwise all-online program, the internship was the only course Baker attended in face-to-face format on the University’s campus in River Forest. Baker remembers it being great to meet his fellow classmates in person and to work and dialogue with them. Besides, he says, “the campus is beautiful!”
Looking beyond graduation, Baker looks forward to spending more time with his family. As a career teacher and educational administrator, he is ready to apply his research on the climate and culture of schools, undertaken during his CUC graduate studies, toward creating school environments in which students and educators can thrive.
Baker is currently the assistant principal for discipline, attendance and activities at Dwight D. Eisenhower High School in Blue Island, IL. Prior to earning his EdD at CUC, Baker received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Illinois State University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Lewis University.