Carole Baker, a Rockford resident for almost 50 years, has been involved with the Rockford school district since the 1960s. She began by volunteering for the schools when her children first attended Rockford schools. She recognized the value of being an involved parent. In the early 1970s, Carole became a school aide, working with the E.M.I. Special Education students. In 1982 she started working specifically with students who were blind or had significant sight problems. To better serve these students, Carole showed her dedication by taking classes and mastering the Braille system. She continued in this role, working closely with students, until her retirement in 1999.
In addition to her role in special education, in 1976 Carole accepted the responsibility of varsity cheerleading advisor when she learned there was no one available to fulfill this role. She held this position for nine years.
In Carole’s retirement, she continues to volunteer at North Rockford Middle School during orientation, Valley View Elementary School, and teaching “survival swim” to Rockford fourth-graders. She supports the Rockford community by teaching “arthritis swim” to senior citizens, and participating in the Rockford Relay for Life. Carole is a lifelong supporter of the Rockford schools and community.