Scholar Follows Family Path in Education Career

Micka Baker, an Omaha Benson 2014 graduate and now a sophomore at Metropolitan Community College, looks forward to some day becoming an elementary teacher. “My grandma was a teacher, and a principal at Druid Hill Elementary, “ Baker said. “She retired when I was a kid.”

And Baker’s mother is a school bus driver, so a career in education has been an attractive draw. She has considered different levels of the education field. “I thought about being a high school teacher, but decided I did not have the right mindset,” Baker said. “I decided elementary was a good age [of students] for me.”

For now, Baker is focused on earning an Associate Degree at MCC. When not attending classes, she works as a teacher’s aide/teacher assistant at Indian Hills Elementary. Avenue Scholars Career Advisor Bradley Ekwerekwu is always available to support Baker’s career goals. “The assistance from Avenue Scholars has meant a lot,” she said.“It’s a good support system. Dr. Brad is always texting me to see how everything is going.”