- University of St. Thomas - B.A. in Elementary Education,
- Hamline University - M.A. in Education,
- Hamline University - M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults,
Baker has taught various grades at the elementary school level and has been a K-5 writing facilitator. She has been the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program coordinator at Evergreen Park World Studies Elementary for 6 years. Baker is also a workshop leader, site visitor, and consultant for the IB. She currently leads professional development in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and was a member of the Hamline University Literacy Institute Committee for 5 years.