Mert Baker studied chemical engineering at the University of Michigan and the University of Florida, gaining a B.S. in Life Sciences and an M. Ed. in Science Curriculum & Instruction. Baker is a retired secondary science teacher with 34 years' experience in the School District of Palm Beach County and as Science Department Chairperson for Palm Beach Gardens High School.
For 20 years, he served as an adjunct instructor in chemistry, biology and physics lab programs at Palm Beach Community College (Eissey Campus) and PBA. He is a member of the Science Textbook Selection Committees for the Palm Beach County School District and State of Florida Department of Education. He is an NDEA Title III Project "IN-STEP" development planner for the Palm Beach County School District and an adjunct instructor for Florida Atlantic University's College of Education, Continuing Studies.
Baker was an NSTA National Annual Convention, Washington, D.C., presenter with Project "IN-STEP" and a science teacher in-service program, "A Systems Approach to Implementing and Evaluating Instruction." He held the position of Project "IN-STEP" Education Consultant and In-Service Representative for Interactive Education, Inc., a Prentice Hall Company. He implemented new science curriculum programs in physical science, earth science, physics and computer-interactive "Principles of Technology."
He has participated in several Summer Science In-Service Institutes with School District Palm Beach County and PBA. He also has participated in an Ocean Learning Institute in-service program in marine science and oceanography at Ocean Reef Yacht Club, Key Largo. He has been an author of science teacher curriculum resource guides in chemistry, marine science, earth science, environmental science, physical science and physics for the School District of Palm Beach County. He has co-authored and published a Chemistry Lab Manual issued to Palm Beach County School District high school chemistry students. He has been a science lab facilities planning and renovation consultant for School District Palm Beach County.
He initiated the first secondary school science computer lab facility for new science classrooms and laboratory construction project at Palm Beach Gardens High School, one of only two secondary schools with a science computer lab facility in Palm Beach County.