Northern SS Teacher Shortlisted for Prestigious Award
Northern Secondary School Teacher Kevin Baker was chosen from hundreds of nominees across Ontario by the Ontario Teachers' Federation (OTF) and Ontario Teachers' Insurance Plan (OTIF), as a teacher who makes a difference and inspires students. He is one of six teachers province-wide to receive an honourable mention, after being nominated by colleague Parker Robinson.
Kevin Baker is a shop teacher at Northern Secondary School and was nominated under the new teacher who has less than 5 years of experience category. During his time at Northern Secondary School Mr. Baker has undertaken many innovative projects with the students, from a welding club to a robotics club, bringing in many students from elementary schools and engaging them as well. Mr. Baker is known for student engagement and being respected by the students. Prior to beginning his teaching career Baker spent 30 years as an automotive mechanic in southern Ontario.
Kevin Barker has said of his teaching career "I'm just loving it. I won the lottery. I have a great rapport with the kids. They come to me in Grade 9, I watch them mature and I know what to expect from them and the areas where I need push them. It makes this job that much more special. I love this job. It's just so rewarding."