Vice Chair, Mrs. Shakila Henderson-Baker,
Mrs. Henderson-Baker, who is a native of Covington, began her first term on the Board of Education on January 18, 2011. She attended Fort Valley State University on local community scholarships and a partial academic scholarship before earning a full scholarship by her junior year at Fort Valley. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Political Science from Fort Valley State University and holds a Master of Science Degree in Psychology and Counseling from Troy University. She is currently finishing up courses at Piedmont College in Athens to obtain her certification in Early Childhood Education.
Mrs. Henderson-Baker works as a Mental Health Clinician and Behavioral Specialist. She also serves as a case manager for a federal government grant program under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA-Action, Inc.), which is a program that works towards keeping “at risk/at promise” teens out of trouble and giving them the extra support they need through academic and job coaching to graduate and obtain work or further their education.
Prior to her election, Shakila served as a parent representative on Fairview Theme School’s Council and program chair for their Student of the Month program. Mrs. Henderson-Baker is an active volunteer in the community as an after school tutor at Washington Street Community Center and one of the Coordinators for their teen mentoring group, The Young Legends. She is a Charter and current member of the Chi Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. which through community service and outreach serves both Newton and Rockdale Counties.
She is a member of St. Paul AME Church where she directs the Sunbeam Choir. Mrs. Henderson-Baker and her husband, Rodrick, reside in Oxford, they have two girls, Star and Sarai, who are elementary students in the Newton County School System.