Our Lady of Mercy School has named Mrs. Belinda Baker as the Director of Early Childhood Education (3Y – 1st Grade) effective for the anticipated 2020-21 school year.
Mrs. Baker began her teaching career in 1981 in the Archdiocese of New Orleans as a Second Grade
teacher. She also spent many years in the classroom as both a Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten teacher.
During her time at Holy Cross Primary School, Belinda was given the opportunity to open a school for boys in Pre-K through 4th grades. She spent her first year at Holy Cross developing curriculum; expanding admission efforts; and growing the staff and faculty. When the school opened in 2015, she served as the Director of the
A long segment of Mrs. Baker’s career was spent at Ursuline Academy in New Orleans, first as a teacher and then the Early Childhood Director. She had the unique opportunity to help with the development of the Early Learning
Center at Ursuline and managed the instructional program for the Toddler 1 through Kindergarten
classes. While at Ursuline, Belinda had the opportunity to study the Reggio Emilia Philosophy and
Project Approach. She believes students learn best in an environment that promotes imagination,
creativity, exploration and discovery through hands-on experiences.
According to Our Lady of Mercy School Principal Mr. Chris Porche, “Mrs. Baker brings a plethora of knowledge and experience in early childhood education to our school. We are blessed to have such a loving, compassionate, and faith-filled person to work with our youngest students. Her impact in our school will be tremendous and immediate.”
Belinda and her husband Tommy have 3 daughters, two sons-in- law, two grandchildren and a grandson
on the way. They are very excited to relocate to Baton Rouge to live in the same city where their children
and grandchildren reside. Belinda and Tommy have registered in the parish and are looking forward to getting to know everyone in the Mercy community.