John C. Baker has been named lead psychologist for the Alexandria City Public Schools. The position supports the professional learning of ACPS’ school-based psychologists.
Most recently, Baker served as clinical supervisor at the Options Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. Prior to beginning that job in 2010, he served as the school’s lead clinician. His previous employment includes serving as a school psychologist for the Prince Georges County School District from 2007 to 2009, working as a school psychologist intern for the Howard County School District from 2006 to 2007 and completing an advanced practicum at the P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School in Gainesville, Fla., from 2002 to 2004.
The new lead psychologist earned his doctorate in school psychology from the University of Florida, where he also received a master’s degree in education and a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He became a nationally certified and Maryland-certified school psychologist in 2007, and a District of Columbia-certified school psychologist in 2011.
In addition to serving as chairperson of the Leadership Development Institute’s Kappa Phi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. since 2009, Baker also has represented the National Association of School Psychologists as CLD Ambassador since 2008.
Baker joined ACPS staff on March 19.