Tom Baker graduated from Marietta High School and made his way to Bowling Green University with a full scholarship for playing basketball. He received his bachelor of science degree in 1964 and his master’s of education degree in 1969 before doing post master’s degree work at the University of Toledo. Baker began his career as a teacher and coach in the Anthony Wayne School system and transferred to Springfield Schools where he added the titles of assistant principal and principal. After becoming an administrator at the Lucas County Educational Service Center, Baker was promoted to superintendent and served in that position for 27 years. Following his career at Lucas County, he served as executive director at the Knight Academy. Where do you call home? Monclova Township now, but I’m a longtime former Maumee resident. What was your first job? Bus boy at a restaurant. What health or lifestyle tips do you support? I do three hours of exercise four or five days a week. Your biggest self-indulgence? I love ice cream, and especially buckeye sundaes. Favorite Book? Anything inspirational by Bobby Knight. Also I wrote and self-published a book, Beyond These Walls, about my experiences in education. I have always wanted to…? Learn to play the piano. What trait do you admire in others? Hard work and taking care of child welfare. Something most people don’t know about you? I have run 13 5K races since my heart surgery four years ago. Words you live by? Be truthful. Avoid drama. Old friends are the best. Your proudest accomplishment? Marrying my wife Ann 50 years ago; our daughters Beth, Emily and Ellen, and our six grandchildren. Person you most respect? My first mentor Dick Albaugh, a long-time teacher and successful coach and athletic director at Anthony Wayne Schools. His accomplishments were great and he was respected by all.
At this time of year, my favorite thing to eat is: A big, juicy cheeseburger. My theme song: “At Last.” I own a ridiculous number of: Athletic shirts and caps. I still can’t get the hang of: Computer programming.