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Baker's Staff

Baker's friendly and diversified staff will make your stay a rewarding and pleasant learning experience.

Donna Highers

Donna holds the title as our Chief Instructor and has taught full-time with our school since 1988.  She came to us with five years prior experience teaching A&P mechanics for another school. She teaches our A&P Courses and our Inspection Authorization Course.  Donna also holds an Advanced Instrument Ground Instructor's rating and has taught many flight ground school courses in the past. She is famous for her dynamic and detailed, (but “keep it simple”) teaching methods. Donna's long tenure, coupled with her personal quest of ensuring that all her students pass the first time, has earned her a very well-known and popular reputation among the aviation community all around the world.  All the thank you letters and cards that she has received from past students over the years would probably wallpaper our entire school!

 

During her off time she enjoys spending time with her family, especially her young granddaughters.

 

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Tommy Simpson

    Tommy was born in Gallatin, Tennessee, and attended Portland High school prior to enlisting in the Tennessee Air National Guard at Berry Field ANGB in 1984. He was initially assigned as C-130 Crew Chief until selected as a C-130 Flight Engineer in 1995. While a traditional Guardsman, he was employed as FAA certified A & P technician for Corporate Flight Management.  In 2001, he became a full-time Guardsman.  During his tenure, he served as Standards and Evaluations Evaluator and the Formal Training Unit (FTU) Flight Engineer Course Manager, instructing students from all over the world in flight engineer operations and aircraft systems.  As the Operations Group transitioned from the C-130 to the MQ-9 Reaper, he cross-trained to sensor operator while establishing the foundation and developing personnel for Reaper Operations.

    

   Tommy retired after thirty five years from the military and joined the Bakers team in April of 2019.

   

     Tommy has degrees in Aviation Operations, Instructor of Technology and Military Science, and Air and Space Operations.

 

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Susan Mcguire 

Brenna came on board in July of 2023. Though she was new to aviation, it was obvious she was not new to running or managing an office. 

 

 

  

 

Kim Boner

Kim was hired in December of 2020.  She quickly caught on to the hustle and bustle of our busy office.  Along with the other 500 tasks it takes, she helps answer the phones, processes enrollments, is a proctor for testing the students, takes care of the aviation store inventory, and helps the Director with tasks as assigned.

Kim was raised in Mount Juliet, TN.  Her background is Accounting.  Her experience in prior jobs includes Office Manager, HR Manager and Accounting Manager and is a great asset for us.

Kim’s constant smile, easy going personality and willingness to help her co-workers and our students with any task has certainly made her well liked by everyone who meets her.

 

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Baker Duncan 

Grand daughter of Jennifer, she is an AP instructor and fills in as an enrollment coordinator 

Wayne Johnson

Wayne is one of our AP instructors and also teaches the Oral and practical class, he came to us from general aviation. 

 

John Wylley 

John is a former US army aviation and is one of our AP instructor and teaches the Oral and Practical course.

Reba Evans

Reba began her career in aviation maintenance while she served with the Tennesse Air National Guard.  After training and working on C-130's, she knew she was hooked and decided she wanted to spend her career in aviation maintenance.  After gaining the required field experience, Reba attended Baker's School and received her A&P certification.  She worked as an on-call mechanic at the BNA airport and has experience with Cessna 152's up to Boeing 767's certified in various categories.

When Reba began working for the school, it didn't take long for everyone to see that she was a natural teacher.  She is currently teaching our Airframe and Powerplant writtens and Oral and Practical courses.  She is devoted to her students and takes pride in ensuing that each one is ready before encouraging them to take the FAA exam.  She often will work with students one on one, if she feels that they need additional training on a particular subject or area.  Her compassion and encouraging words are certainly appreciated by all of her students.  She enjoys making the students feel at home while they are in class and is always ready to help them.

Besides her natural teaching skills, Reba will tell you that she feels her greatest accomplishment is her young daughter, who has also discovered a love for aviation, like her Mom.

Jonathan Wickes

Jonathan became the Director of Operations in April of 2019, He began his aviation career in the US Army as an CH-47 mechanic and Flight Engineer for 10 years. After leaving the Army  and work he some general aviation, heavy aircraft maintenance and corporate. He continued to serve in the Airforce were he retired with 27 years of service. He obtained his A&P Technician in 1999 and is a graduate of  Middle Tennessee State University and holds a B.S Aerospace - Aviation Management

Jennifer Baker

Jennifer is the school owner.  She began her career at the school in 1978, when the school was known as King’s. Being new to aviation, she quickly fell in love with the entire aviation world, especially the world of the aircraft mechanic. She became a partner with the owner and took over the operation of the school. Jennifer taught A&P and IA Courses for 16 years, before buying out her partner and changing the name to Baker’s School of Aeronautics in 1994. She is a strong advocate for the aircraft mechanic and has served on several committees over the years to help promote the professional status and appeal of an aviation maintenance career.

 

She served many years on the FAA AMT Award’s Committee and helped in rewriting Advisory Circulars pertaining to the AMT Awards Program. She is currently working on the Tennessee Mid-South Aviation Maintenance Committee and is on the Advisory Committee for Tennessee Technology School of Science.  In 2010 she was instrumental in helping NASA space technicians be recognized by the FAA for having enough experience to obtain their FAA Airframe ratings.  She was inducted into the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame in November of 2009. 

 

One of her personal quest is to help broaden the awareness of Charles E. Taylor, the first aircraft mechanic. Jennifer was a strong supporter of having May 24th recognized as AMT Day by the State of Tennessee and helped achieve that goal in 2003.  In 2005 she began hosting an annual AMT Picnic at the school around Charles Taylor’s birthday to help keep the awareness alive.

 

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