Baker mourns loss of education professor
The Baker community is saddened by the loss of Machele Timberlake, assistant professor of education and coordinator of student teachers, who passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Dec. 10. We will miss her smile, her kindness and her belief that her students would become great educators. However, we are confident her passion for education will live on through the teachers she has helped shape over the years.
Timberlake joined the Baker faculty in 1999 to teach special education courses. For the past five years she had served as the coordinator for student teachers, working closely with students as they prepared to start their teaching careers.
Timberlake received a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders and a Master of Science in Advanced Communication Disorders with an emphasis in early-childhood from Saint Louis University and a Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Kansas. Before joining the Baker faculty, she worked with students with disabilities in the Wichita public schools and Casper, Wyo., public schools.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 19, at Bannister Road Baptist Church, 7503 East Bannister Road, in Kansas City, Mo. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the service at 11 a.m.
The Timberlake family and School of Education have established a scholarship in her name for a minority student in teacher education. If you would like to contribute to the scholarship fund, you may mail a check or contribute online. To contribute online, choose “other” from the list of choices, check the box indicating that the gift is in memory of someone special, and type Machele Timberlake in the name of honoree box.
If you would like to mail your contribution, make checks payable to Baker University Machele Timberlake Scholarship Fund and send them to the Office of University Advancement, Baker University, P.O. Box 65, Baldwin City, KS 66006-0065.
Dr. Timberlake had a profound influence on her students, colleagues and friends. Please share your memories below.