Each quarter we highlight an LCRC Staff Member. This quarter, get to know Stephanie Baker.
What is your title at LCRC? Childcare & Activities Coordinator
What does that entail? I provide a learning environment for the children that live in shelter. We do story time, art projects, positive play, and lots more. Much of the work I do during these kid’s groups involves giving the children opportunities to develop their social/emotional skills such as: sharing/turn taking, playing with friends, following rules, and using their words to express themselves.
How long have you been with LCRC? I started in June of 2015
What is the most rewarding part of your job? The most rewarding part of my job is seeing the amount of progress the children can make in such a short amount of time. I enjoy having the opportunity to be a positive part of these kid’s lives and hopefully impact them in some small way.
What is the most challenging part of your job? The most challenging part of my job is getting attached to the kids who live here. Since many families live in shelter short-term, I frequently have to say goodbye to kids that I have gotten to know really well. While I am happy to see the families move on and have successful outcomes, it is hard to say goodbye.
What is your background? I attended Minnesota State University Moorhead where I received a degree in Early Childhood Education and a MN state teaching license. I have worked in childcare for many years, served as an AmeriCorps member with the Minnesota Reading Corps, and was a Jump Start Preschool teacher at Moorhead Public Schools.
What is your dream vacation? I would like to go anywhere that requires a stamp in my passport, but New Zealand currently tops my dream vacation list.
What is your favorite food? My favorite food is my grandma’s made from scratch peach pie.
What brought you to LCRC? I have always wanted to work in a non-profit and work with kids so this position is the best of both worlds and a combination of my interests. Plus I lived in Detroit Lakes throughout my junior and high school years and I have a lot of family in the area so I have always thought of Detroit Lakes as my home.
What is your favorite movie? I love watching Masterpiece Theatre. The movie adaptations of Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre are my favorites, although I do like the books better. I am also a bit of a Sci-Fi nerd and I love Star Wars.
Do you have a favorite childhood memory? My favorite childhood memory is camping at the lake with my family and going on motorcycle rides with my Dad.