Bonnie Baker, a retired colleague of the Children’s Forum, our friend, and our conscience, was a special soul whose life ended much too soon. She was part of the Forum Family for 16 years and her legacy will always be a part of us.
A native of Champaign, Illinois, Bonnie moved to Tallahassee following high school graduation and lived here for more than 30 years before moving to Statesboro, Georgia in 2010. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Florida State University in Rehabilitation Counseling. She worked with the Easter Seals Foundation and the Leon Center for Independent Living before coming to the Children’s Forum. In her time at the Forum, Bonnie served in various capacities including Director of the Child Care Resource and Referral statewide network, Chief Operating Officer, and Director of the Child Care Training and Information Center and Credential Unit.
To honor her memory, the Forum has established the Bonnie Baker T.E.A.C.H. Memorial Scholarship Fund and will receive memorial contributions on her behalf. The scholarship will assist child care practitioners who wish to earn a Bachelor degree in early care and education. Scholarship recipients will be chosen from an application process and announced annually.
Those wishing to make contributions to the Bonnie Baker Scholarship Fund may click on the Donation Button above or mail a check made payable to the Children’s Forum to:
Bonnie Baker T.E.A.C.H. Memorial Scholarship Fund, Children’s Forum
2807 Remington Green Circle, Tallahassee, FL, 32308.
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- Ana “Yvonne” Blechingberg – 2011-2012 Yvonne Blechingberg of Gainesville, FL was the first recipient of the Bonnie Baker Scholarship in 2011.In her testimonial, Yvonne wrote:“On August 10, 2012, I proudly received my bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and am presently working at Santa Fe College Little School where I am a VPK teacher with four- and five- year-olds. I am continuing my studies and hope to acquire a Masters Degree as an Early Childhood and Primary Grades Specialist.” View the full testimonial statement
- Carole Branca – 2013-Present Carole Branca was awarded the Bonnie Baker Scholarship in 2013. Currently a teacher at Love’n & Learning Childcare Center in Brooker, FL, Carole is in her third T.E.A.C.H. contract working toward her Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education.