Mr. James Baker



Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor's of Science Degree in History: Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Minor (Social Sciences)

Mr. James Baker

Summer Enrichment readings and lessons now posted. Have great summer everyone. Look at the assignments page, and I posted it here.

Attached is the student reading list for great fiction and non-fiction options to keep you reading this summer. I'm hoping the finish the "Pauper at the Gates of Dawn Series," it's about a poor British man who is orphaned becomes a privateer who robbed ships in the Caribbean for the British government, when he commits a crime in Mexico (Spanish territory, book takes place during the Revolutionary War) he flees to England with his riches, and attemps to join upper class society as a commoner. It's an excellent series, and is written in the language and style of the late 1700's. Anyway, here is the summer reading list info:

Summer Reading List



 Who am I? 

Hello everyone, this is your American History or Psychology Teacher, Mr. Baker. I have been working in education since 2006. Over the years, I have taught for several different schools in different districts. This is my first year with SLPS, and also my first year at Mckinley. I have spent my career working as a American History teacher, World History teacher, percussion/drum set instructor, musician in award winning band that toured, recorded, sold, and licensed music for film and TV, and as a social science researcher. These expriences have given me a deep love for learning, and helped me develop a solid work ethic. I have a four year old that attends St. Louis Public Schools, and my wife works as a school psychologist for Ferguson-Florissant School District. They are both amazing, and we like to spend as much time outside camping, hiking, and kayaking as we can.  


Mr. Baker 

American History Teacher

Psychology Teacher 


Office Hours 

U.S. History 8-10am

Psychology 1-3pm 


James Baker | Middle School Social Studies