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Shari Baker


Shari Baker

My name is Shari Amira Baker and I proudly represent the third Baldwin generation! I was born in D.C., but I have lived in the surrounding suburb, Silver Spring/Wheaton, all my life. Both of my parents were born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, a Caribbean island just off the coast of Venezuela. As a result I feel that I have had a very unique childhood from most because I belong to the first generation of born Americans in my family. However, I actually like being a part of two very distinct cultures; I get to combine the best of both.

At Duke, I majored in Cultural Anthropology (BEST major EVER) and minored in Education. I also received my middle and high school social studies teaching license through Duke's (little known) Teacher Preparation Program. I am in my second year of teaching in MD public schools and I LOVE it!  I also teach ballet on Saturdays to little kids (I couldn't give it up!) Finally, I am a capoeirista and I train with Abada-Capoeira. 

If you are in the D.C. area, mi casa es su casa (summer goal=learn Spanish)...hit me up :)

I'm on facebook and skype (shariamirabaker) so talk to me whenever you like!

P.S. Being a Baldwin was DEFINITELY one of my most DEFINITIVE experiences at Duke. I wouldn't trade it for the world!