Soulful sounds


Math teacher Ms. Baker finds her spotlight

By Jennifer Fowler
Math teacher Dorothea Baker is subtle and sly as she mentions to her Algebra II class that she’ll be in performing in an upcoming concert.
Her voice is almost monotone as she administers the details, prompting double takes as she points to a legit looking flyer posted on her wall. Surely enough, there is a photo above the pseudonym of “Malinda Baker” next to dates, prices and gushing testimonials.  The classroom is a sea of bewilderment, gawking at the news of their teacher’s talent, but Baker didn’t just pick up the microphone.
“I’ve been singing all my life,” Baker said. “I’m a pastor’s daughter and I am now married to a pastor, so the beat goes on.”
She was the opening act for actress and singer Tamela Mann at Sounds of Praise, a gospel concert.
“I have sung in school choirs, junior high, senior high and college. I have won many awards, and sung in choirs on district and national levels. But this is my first major appearance of this kind.”
The concert was held on March 21st at the Scottish Rite Cathedral. Baker sees this as an opportunity she has been preparing for her entire life. She’s written songs and recorded with friends in the area, and is currently working on her own project.
“I don’t think I have a double life. My view is that teaching is my God-given purpose. I really see this as five minutes of fame that may last for days, weeks, months or years,” Baker admitted.
She sees this as a chance to make a positive impact on someone’s life, a complete blessing in her eyes.
“The door just seemed to open without me knocking!’’ she said, grateful to be a part of such a lively experience.
Though she’s walking on her own road to stardom, Baker will still put her heart and soul into what she’s loved all along: teaching.
“When I leave that stage, I’ll enjoy my spring break and prepare for one of the best jobs I’ve ever had; touching the lives of North Stars!’’
Ms. Baker performed before Grammy-nominated singer Tamela Mann, alongside other local acts such as Cheneta Jones, God’s Chosen, and Anointed Praise. Though Baker sees her classroom as her home, watch her flourish during her “five minutes of fame.”