I am a native of Earle, AR which is in the Delta region of Arkansas very near Memphis. I graduated from Earle High School in 1978. I attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and graduated in 1982 with a degree in chemical engineering (BSChE).
I have a Bachelors of Science degree in chemical engineering (BSChE). I also have National Board Certification in Science Education.
After graduating in 1982 from the University of Arkansas with a degree in chemical engineering I started my career as a chemical process engineer with International Paper Company in Mobile AL. In 1985 I returned to Arkansas as a process engineer with Potlatch Corporation in McGehee, AR. I served in various manufacturing and technical positions at the Potlatch facility in McGehee and then held several corporate and management positions with Potlatch in Little Rock, AR, San Francisco, CA, and Duluth, MN. I retired from the corporate world in 2002 as Sr. Vice President and General Manager of Potlatch’s Minnesota Pulp and Paper Division. My wife (Oteeka) and I then returned to her hometown of Huntsville.
I started teaching as a second career in 2003 teaching physical science at Ramay Jr. High in Fayetteville. I came to Huntsville High School in 2004 and have been teaching here since. I have taught physical science, chemistry, AP chemistry, and physics.
My wife, Oteeka (Miller) Baker and I have been married since 1982. Oteeka is a graduate of Huntsville Schools and is currently a second grade teacher here in Huntsville. We have one son, Aidan, who graduated from HHS in 2010 and went on to earn a degree in economics from Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. Aidan works for Capital One Bank in Chicago, IL.
During my engineering career I designed and manufactured neon signs and art work as a hobby. I plan to take up art glass work again soon and in retirement.