Phone: (314) 649-3973


Degrees and Certifications:

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

Mr. James Baker

Baker's Welcome Back Video



 Useful links: 

Social studies pacing guide and curriculum guide: U.S. History 150 McKinley




Hello everyone, this is your American History or World Geography Teacher, Mr. Baker. I have been working in education since 2006. Over the years, I have taught for several different schools in different districts in both Illinois and Missouri. This is my second year with SLPS, and also my second year at Mckinley. I have spent my career working as a American History teacher, World History teacher, curriculum developer, 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 daughter that attends St. Louis Public Schools, my wife works as a school psychologist for Ferguson-Florissant School District, and we are expecting a baby boy in December 2020! We like to spend as much time outside camping, hiking, and kayaking as we can. When I'm not spending time with my family or teaching, I'm reading non-fiction and historical fiction, writing non-fiction and historical fiction, playing my drum set, guitar, or recording with my band or by myself in my basement studio. I look forward to a year of teaching from the heart and connecting with all my students! 

Mr. Baker 

American History Teacher

Geography Teacher 

"There is power in the human mind, but education is needed for its development. To deny education to any people is one of the greatest crimes against human nature. It is to deny them the means of freedom and the rightful pursuit of happiness, and to defeat the very end of their being.”-Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass' July 4th speech still rings true for many ...



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