Laurie Baker is an educational consultant with national experience in the areas of innovative school design and educational leadership. Having been a teacher, administrator, and volunteer advocate, she has firsthand experience in how poverty, race, and rurality affect children and communities.
Dr. Baker develops a long-term strategy for domestic educational services, including instructional coaching, instructional coach development, leadership coaching, strategic consulting, and peer networking events. Currently, she manages technical assistance projects focused on educational leadership and school design in North Carolina and Texas.
Dr. Baker joined RTI in 2016 from North Carolina New Schools, where she led large-scale educational reform projects in Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina. She has an extensive background as a practitioner, having served as a high school English teacher, middle school assistant principal, high school assistant principal for at-risk students, and early college high school principal. She is also a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem—an advocate for abused and neglected children.