Welcome, new faculty/staff member! Chris Baker – Student Life and Diversity Coordinator, High School Advisor, High School Student Council, Basketball Coach, Coach Men’s Soccer, Afternoon Activities Supervisor
What attracted you to work for The Hudson School?
I was attracted to the Hudson school based on the philosophy, diversity, freedom, and passion the school fosters and promotes. Meeting with Mrs. Newman and seeing her vision and enthusiasm sealed the deal.
What would you say most motivates you to do what you do? What are you most excited or passionate about?
I’m motivated to be an educator that students feel comfortable opening up to. Seeing positive growth and change in students inspires me. I aim to instill kindness, understanding, acceptance, and motivation in all of my students. I hope I am able to help all Hudson students accept and understand their true selves.
Where did you grow up? What was it like to grow up there? Where did you go to school and what was that like? Did it have an impact on your choice of career?
I grew up in a small town at the base of Mt. Rainer in Washington state. It’s the type of town where everyone knows each other and not much is secret. It was a safe and great place to grow up, but it lacked diversity and culture. I knew that as soon as I was old enough I wanted to explore the world and be exposed to more than my hometown. My first real exposure to culture was at The University of Washington in Seattle. Upon graduation, I was thirsty for even more experiences, which led me to graduate school in New York City. The excitement, culture, and diversity of NYC took a hold of me and hasn’t let go. The city is the ultimate classroom and provides an invaluable education. Realizing that the world had so much to offer inspired me to seek a career in education.
Did you have any key mentors or people who deeply influenced who you are, what you believe in and what you’re committed to in your work and life? Tell me about them.
My 7th and 8th grade humanities teacher, Mr. Mahler, was the first educator in my life who spoke to me like an adult. He challenged me to think beyond surface level thinking and never accepted the lazy answer. He is the first teacher to really push me. He engaged our class in adult discussions and valued our opinions. Mr. Mahler was a fantastic example of an educator who committed to his work and believed in all of his students.
My grandpa, or Gramps as I affectionately referred to him, is my hero and ultimate mentor. He was a high school principal and lifelong educator. He loved his family and constantly told me how proud he was of me. His positive attitude, big heart, and liberal thinking inspired me to enter a career in which helping others is the central focus.