A 2006 graduate of Massaponax High School and Fredericksburg native was announced as a 2019 Military Instructor of the Year finalist in the officer category for Naval Education and Training Command at a ceremony in January.
Lt. Cmdr. Veronica Baker is an instructor at Navy Service Support Advanced Training Command, Virginia Beach, where her exceptional instructional skills led to the graduation of 288 sailors in the Navy Instructor Training Course.
“As an instructor for the Navy Instructor Training Course, at a learning site with a throughput of approximately 1,200 students, I take pride in knowing I directly impact the quality of instruction our sailors and Marines receive out in the fleet,” said Baker.
Baker was one of 10 sailors who competed for the title, representing the top achievers from a pool of more than 8,000 military members in MyNavy HR Force Development that spans recruiting and training sailors in an increasingly competitive talent market. She received a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for her achievements.
As the Region East director, she leads and manages five geographically dispersed learning sites and 66 personnel responsible for the instruction of 24 professional development, supply and administration courses. Her efforts ensured they delivered more than 3,500 podium hours.
Baker is part of the team that takes sailors from “street to fleet” by transforming civilians into highly skilled, operational and combat-ready warfighters, as well as providing the tools and opportunities for continuous learning and development.
Baker has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., and a master’s degree in manpower systems analysis from Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif.
Baker is also qualified as a master training specialist, which is a designation for demonstrating highly effective teaching skills and a comprehensive understanding of schoolhouse management, as well as for taking a leadership role in mentoring, instructing and evaluating instructors and curriculum. She helped guide five other instructors to attain this qualification.