As senior program manager of the Pathways to Prosperity Network, Ms. Baker-Wright works with Jobs for the Future's secondary through postsecondary initiatives, providing expertise in middle school career exploration and developing pathways for grades 9-14. She is the program manager for the Possible Futures, Possible Selves initiative which focuses on empowering young people through career awareness and exploration beginning in the middle grades. The initiative is being piloted in 42 classes across Long Beach Unified School District as well as adapted for the extended learning time community in a pilot partnership with Citizen Schools. Ms. Baker-Wright also serves on the governor’s STEM advisory committee.
Ms. Baker-Wright has 20 years of experience in education. While working as an environmental scientist for Forest Service and Los Alamos National Laboratory, Ms. Baker-Wright also was a committed science educator for programs such as the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, SMILE (Science Math Investigating Learning Experience), Salmoncamp, and NAMS (Native Americans in Marine Science).
Ms. Baker-Wright then entered the more traditional K-12 environment as teacher and an adjunct professor for Oregon State University. Before joining JFF, she was the director of an Expeditionary Learning school where she led student-centered approaches to teaching and learning. Ms. Baker-Wright holds a bachelor of arts in international studies and a bachelor of science in environmental science from Oregon State University, an M.A.T. from Lewis & Clark College, and several professional teaching licenses. Currently, she is completing a certificate in advanced educational leadership (CAEL) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Career and Technical Education, Deeper Learning, Student-Centered Learning, Career Pathways, STEM