Meet Dr. Natasha Baker, the New Superintendent of Banning Unified

The next superintendent of the Banning Unified School District is a Golden State native who currently works for a district in North St. Louis County, Missouri.

Hazelwood School District Deputy Superintendent Dr. Natasha Baker has been tapped to replace Banning’s chief of schools, Robert Guillen, who’s retiring.

“I am honored to be selected to serve as Banning’s next superintendent for the long term,” Baker said in a statement. “The board, staff, and larger community are all invested in the advancement of students in the global economy, and I am fully aligned with this belief system. I look forward to working collaboratively with the board, staff, parents, students, and community to take Banning Unified School District to the next level academically and operationally.”

Baker has 20 years of public education experience as a teacher, principal, chief academic officer, state school reform officer and district-level cabinet member, according to BUSD. Originally from Azusa, Dr. Baker graduated from Gladstone High School in Covina and earned a bachelor’s degree in English education from California State University, Long Beach, a master’s degree in English from Howard University, and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Michigan – Dearborn. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in finance from Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Baker “brings tremendous experience, educational background, and excitement to serve us as our next district leader,” said school board President Jason Smith. “The district conducted a nationwide search to ensure that we received applications from the best and brightest candidates available.”

Read more about BUSD’s next superintendent here.