About Mrs. Baker
Beatriz Baker is a native of Cali – Colombia and earned a bachelor of advertising and marketing. She had a master on management and she has worked on the business field for seven years with IBM Colombia. She came to U.S. on 1998 to learn English at VA Tech. (ELI), in this trip she met Allan Baker and in 2001 she married him and moved permanently to U.S. During this time Mrs. Baker realized how important is to be bilingual and how a second language could change your life, this experience encouraged her to change her field and moved into education; she attended UVA and became a teacher. She began her teaching career at Roanoke City Public Schools and in 2004 she moved to Roanoke County Schools. Two years ago she decided to take some time off from teaching to start a family and take classes for her masters’ degree at Hollins University. She is now completing her thesis and decided she was ready to return to work and continue with her career.
In her spare time, she enjoys Traveling, sports and handcrafts like stained-glass, scrapbooks, pottery, painting, gardening and others. Her favorite sport is swim and she has traveled to more than 35 countries around the world including Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Jamaica, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, Trinidad, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Luxemburg, Yugoslavia, Holland, Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Finland, England, Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark, and Japan. In addition, she feels that her many travels have helped her to get a better understanding of foreign cultures, what is and asset in teaching foreign languages.
Mrs. Baker has a real love for learning as well as a passion for teaching.
She feels that God has blessed her with the opportunity on life to share her language
and cultural background with children and the community of Roanoke Valley.