Shirley D. Baker

Shirley D. Baker, a retired educator and community servant, has been supporting youth, parents, and her community educationally in Broward County for the past 48 years.

She is a cum laude graduate of Florida A & M University and has taught English at Cooper City High Plantation High, and Fort Lauderdale High Schools.  She has always been involved in student extra-curricular and community activities.

For example, along with other colleagues, she founded MTL (Mentoring Tomorrow’s Leaders), a peer-to-peer mentoring, academic intervention, and drop-out prevention program.  It was initially funded by USDOE for two high schools, but now SBBC funds the program and is being implemented at 43 elementary, middle, and high schools.  She served in three different capacities for the program, including Program Manager.

Shirley is known as a community liaison who has a passion for helping youth.  She has worked to assist in their positive development and is responsible for thousands of students being accepted and graduating from college before going on to successful careers.  For example, she has been Director of ULBC Atlantic Coast Center of Excellence National Achievers Society, coordinator of Black History and Cultural Brain Bowls, Trayvon Martin Youth Summit, College and Historical Tours, SAT/ACT Prep Workshops, Scholarship and College Prep Workshops, and so much more for thousands of youth.

Shirley has always volunteered in her community, such as City of Plantation Educational Advisory Board, Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Celebration Committee Board of Directors, Vice President of the Broward County Alumni Chapter of Florida A & M University NAA, Past President of Broward County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., South Florida Leadership Council for United Negro College Fund, Early Learning Coalition Board of Directors, NCNW, and others.  She is a member of the New Mt. Olive Baptist Church.

Shirley has received numerous awards for her many accomplishments, such as the SBBC Broward Education Foundation Hall of Fame Award, March of Dimes Women of Distinction Award, Friends of AARLCC Lifetime Achievement Award, City of Fort Lauderdale Education Award, and others.

She has been married to Clifford Baker, Jr. for 49 years, and they have one daughter, Twanna Baker Wiggins, son-in-law Clifford Wiggins, III, and two grandchildren, Cheyenne and Clifford Wiggins, IV.

 

Shirley D. Baker, a retired educator and community servant, has been supporting youth, parents, and her community educationally in Broward County for the past 48 years.

She is a cum laude graduate of Florida A & M University and has taught English at Cooper City High Plantation High, and Fort Lauderdale High Schools.  She has always been involved in student extra-curricular and community activities.

For example, along with other colleagues, she founded MTL (Mentoring Tomorrow’s Leaders), a peer-to-peer mentoring, academic intervention, and drop-out prevention program.  It was initially funded by USDOE for two high schools, but now SBBC funds the program and is being implemented at 43 elementary, middle, and high schools.  She served in three different capacities for the program, including Program Manager.

Shirley is known as a community liaison who has a passion for helping youth.  

She has worked to assist in their positive development and is responsible for thousands of students being accepted and graduating from college before going on to successful careers.  For example, she has been Director of ULBC Atlantic Coast Center of Excellence National Achievers Society, coordinator of Black History and Cultural Brain Bowls, Trayvon Martin Youth Summit, College and Historical Tours, SAT/ACT Prep Workshops, Scholarship and College Prep Workshops, and so much more for thousands of youth.

Shirley has always volunteered in her community, such as City of Plantation Educational Advisory Board, Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Celebration Committee Board of Directors, Vice President of the Broward County Alumni Chapter of Florida A & M University NAA, Past President of Broward County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., South Florida Leadership Council for United Negro College Fund, Early Learning Coalition Board of Directors, NCNW, and others.  She is a member of the New Mt. Olive Baptist Church.

Shirley has received numerous awards for her many accomplishments, such as the SBBC Broward Education Foundation Hall of Fame Award, March of Dimes Women of Distinction Award, Friends of AARLCC Lifetime Achievement Award, City of Fort Lauderdale Education Award, and others.

She has been married to Clifford Baker, Jr. for 49 years, and they have one daughter, Twanna Baker Wiggins, son-in-law Clifford Wiggins, III, and two grandchildren, Cheyenne and Clifford Wiggins, IV.