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JC Schools Teacher of the Year Jacob Baker Named Mid-MO Regional Teacher of the Year

JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City School District and the Jefferson City Public Schools Foundation are proud to announce that Jacob Baker, the 2020 Eisinger Teacher of the Year, was chosen as a Regional Teacher of the Year by the Heart of Missouri Regional Professional Development Center in Columbia. Mr. Baker is one of three regional winners from mid-Missouri. He now moves on to compete for Missouri State Teacher of the Year through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, alongside 31 other regional winners from across the state.

“Jacob Baker has the remarkable ability to take complex science topics and not only make them relatable to his middle school students, but also memorable for them. The lessons students learn from him — whether about science or life — are ones that they will carry with them forever,” JC Schools Superintendent Dr. Larry Linthacum said. “We are proud to have Jacob Baker on the JC Schools team, and I extend my sincerest congratulations to him on his achievements.”Jacob Baker with Family

"The whole process for the Eisinger Teacher of the Year and Regional Teacher of the Year honors have been extremely overwhelming and humbling to say the least. This is such an incredible experience and I'm so grateful just to be a part of it," Jacob Baker said. "I teach because I want to help people. I find purpose and joy in seeing others succeed, and I want my life to be about the lives of others."

Mr. Baker is an eighth grade science teacher at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. Born and raised in Jefferson City, Mr. Baker graduated from Jefferson City High School in 2005. He received his bachelor’s degree in middle school education with an emphasis in math and science in 2009, his associate’s degree in practical theology from Christ For The Nations Institute in 2012, and his master’s degree in administration from William Woods University in 2017. 

Coming from a long line of educators, Jacob became an educator himself because he wanted to impact the lives of others.

"I came to JC Schools because I want to make a difference in students' lives and I want to make a lasting impact on them," Jacob Baker said. “The lessons and activities in my classroom are a reflection of that.  It is important to me to take time every week to teach my students about life, who they are, and how to be successful in the world."

Tanay Goel, one of Mr. Baker’s students, nominated Mr. Baker for the Eisinger Teacher of the Year award. In his nomination, Tanay said: "His class is the most unpredictable; he always plans fun activities. His smile is something I have known to love. No matter what the situation is, he always makes his classes a mystery that urges students to want to come to his class. This teacher's personality is one that the whole team likes. He pushes his students farther than they need to be, so their tests become easy. His attitude leads students to want to try their best in his class. His class prepares you for life, like how to take notes or what traits you need in high school. He is a role model for all teachers and students of this community."

Mrs. Regina Roe, the 2019 Eisinger Teacher of the Year, was also named the Mid-Missouri Teacher of the Year last year. She recently retired from JC Schools after 26 years as a mathematics teacher at Jefferson City High School. 

Jefferson City Public Schools Eisinger Teacher of the Year
The Eisinger Teacher of the Year Selection Committee, composed of Jefferson City area community members, chose the six finalists based on their written applications submitted in February. The selection committee then conducted personal interviews with each of the finalists to choose the Eisinger Teacher of the Year and the Eisinger Outstanding Educator. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these awards were announced at the recipients’ homes in front of their colleagues, friends, and family as well as through the JC Schools website and social media.