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Polly Baker

"God is present and central in every corner of WCCS. Classes, meetings, conferences, practices, performances and games begin and/or end with prayer - not because it's expected, but because it's a natural part of what we do every day. There is a true reliance on God's guidance and direction."

 

Position: Upper School Receptionist

College & Degree: Winthrop University, BS in Biology ('94) and MS in Biology ('97)

Baker Family
The Baker Family

Mrs. Polly Baker has been employed at WCCS since December 2014, so she is just celebrating 5 years! She has worked as the receptionist on the upper school campus, giving her the opportunity to know so many of our families and students.

She and her husband, Eric will celebrate 20 years of marriage in November. They both grew up in Rock Hill and love that they are planted in this community. They have one daughter, Sara Reid, who is 17 years old. She is currently in 11th grade and has been a student at WCCS since 3 year old preschool. She has been involved in multiple extracurricular activities over the years, but her current hobby and focus is her position on the ladies' varsity golf team.

Mrs. Baker attended Winthrop University, earning a BS in Biology in 1994 and an MS in Biology in 1997. She's the youngest of 5 children and proudly admits that she was spoiled rotten growing up! I think I've outgrown that status in the eyes of my siblings. Her hobbies include watching Sara Reid play any and every sport she has participated in and spending time with family.

What do you love most about WCCS?

I love that our school size allows us to know our students well.

Why do you love teaching or working at WCCS?

I enjoy being part of a team that has one main mission - to point others to Christ. I literally see this occur every single day as teachers, staff, coaches and other students share their faith with each other boldly and openly.

What is one word that best describes the school? Tell us why you chose that word.

Family. The faculty, staff and administration work as a family unit. In addition, the students are genuinely loved by the faculty and staff. Our students become an extension of our families - we know them, we guide them as if they are our own kids and we love them deeply.

How do you believe WCCS prepares students for success in college and beyond?

WCCS guides students, progressively giving them more responsibility and more independence year by year. We want them to learn to advocate for themselves in our setting so they will know how to move forward into adulthood with confidence.

How is faith and learning integrated at WCCS?

God is present and central in every corner of WCCS. Classes, meetings, conferences, practices, performances and games begin and/or end with prayer - not because it's expected, but because it's a natural part of what we do every day. There is a true reliance on God.

How do you believe God has uniquely equipped you for your position here at WCCS?

God gave me the desire to serve and care for others. The nature of my job is focused on service to others and I consider it a privilege to help those who come to me with needs.

What sets WCCS students apart from other students?

Our students are very much like any students - they want direction and guidance; they want boundaries (even when they don't realize it); they want people to remember their name and their likes/dislikes. Because we are in a smaller environment, we have the advantage of being able to do these things very intentionally, which builds trust and relationships with our students and their families. I have seen them encourage, love and care for those of us who work at the school because of the bond that forms over time.

Share a moment from your time here at WCCS that stands out as something you never want to forget.

My mother passed away unexpectedly at the beginning of the school year two years ago. My WCCS family loved me well - and when I say "my WCCS family" I am referring to my co-workers, my students, the parents. They prayed for me, encouraged me, hugged me, provided meals for my family and allowed me to grieve the loss, but then celebrate the many good memories that my mother shared with all of us at WCCS.