One of Baldwin’s most special traditions is to recognize community members who have shown a commitment to the School’s mission and core values, while making a lasting difference to the School and its students. The Reed Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching is awarded annually to a full-time teacher who demonstrates a passion for teaching at any grade level from Pre-K through Grade 12. This endowed fellowship awards sustained excellence, passion for and innovation in teaching and recognizes someone who leaves a profound mark on the community.
Congratulations to this year’s recipient Performing Arts Department Chair and Lower School Music Teacher Angela Bensinger. In her fourth decade at Baldwin, Angela has taught across all divisions and has prepared generations of students for numerous concerts, plays and performances. According to her colleagues, “In every class, she provides opportunities for students to build confidence, solve problems, express their emotions and creativity, collaborate with others and contribute to something bigger than themselves.”
Angela is the true definition of a lifelong learner. As technology has progressed over the years, she has kept up with its use in her classroom and department as a whole. “Her strong teaching and her ability to think creatively and flexibly allowed her to model for her department what keeping a music program alive during the pandemic would look like,” explained her colleagues. In addition, Angela’s institutional knowledge, strong organizational skills and genuine love of children make her an invaluable member of the Baldwin community.