"Our students need and deserve teachers, administrators, and school officials who are compassionate, concerned, and committed to making their success the top priority."
--Chante Baker Martin
After graduating from Liberty County High in 2000, Chanté attended Spelman College where she graduated with honors with a degree in English in 2004. At Spelman, she participated in the college honors program, served as chapter president of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, was a member of the Spelman College Glee Club, and was inducted into several honor societies including the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Society. Upon graduating from Spelman, Chanté moved directly into a doctoral program at Emory University. There, she worked as an academic advisor in the Office for Undergraduate Education and served as a graduate assistant for the Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Summer Institute, a program co-sponsored by the Andrew Mellon Foundation and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). She also received a Mellon Teaching Fellowship in 2009, which afforded her the opportunity to teach literature courses at her alma mater, Spelman, for one year. In 2010, Chanté earned a PhD in American Studies, with a concentration in 20th-Century African American Literature.
Today, Chanté is an Associate Professor of English at Savannah State University where she teaches courses in Composition and African American Literature and is the former Coordinator of English for the Department of English, Languages, and Cultures.
Since she’s been “home,” Chanté has volunteered with various projects sponsored by the Liberty County School System. These include co-facilitating a parent involvement workshop at Bradwell Institute, volunteering at Bradwell’s "Georgia Apply to College Day," serving as the speaker for Waldo Pafford Elementary School's Fifth Grade Graduation and serving
Chanté Baker Martin, a proud native of Midway, Georgia, is the only child of two retired educators, Mr. Herman L. and Mrs. Sarah P. Baker. She began her educational journey at the age of 3 when she attended Riceboro Preschool Learning Center, under the direction of the late Mrs. Neloweze Cooper. From there, she completed kindergarten at Jordye Bacon Elementary and attended Liberty Elementary for first through sixth grades. Chanté is a member of the first seventh-grade class at Snelson-Golden Middle School and is an honor graduate of Liberty County High School.
While a student in the Liberty County School System, Chanté was well-known. She was frequently recognized for her academic achievements and, as an elementary schooler, she often sang at system-wide events including the annual Teacher’s Convocation. In 1996, Chanté was asked to sing for a county-wide rally in honor of the arrival of the Olympic Torch to Hinesville. As a middle schooler, she served as a peer-mediator, often identified to mediate conflicts not only between students but also between students and teachers. In high school, she served as a role model for the D.A.R.E. program, president of her junior class, and she was voted by her peers as “Most Likely to Succeed” in her senior year. Outside of school, she was actively involved in her church, Beach Hill Missionary Baptist, and was a part of different civic organizations including the Girl Scouts of America.
as a judge for school- and county-level "Poetry Out Loud" Competitions. In 2016, Chanté served as the Commemorative Program speaker for Liberty County’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance Celebration.
Chanté is a member of Baconton Missionary Baptist Church, Hinesville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Limerick Chapter #336, Order of the Eastern Star, all in Liberty County. She is married to Attorney Reginald C. Martin and has one daughter, Olivia.