LAKE FOREST – Lake Forest Country Day School (LFCDS) announced that LFCDS Music Teacher and Fine Arts Chair Scott Baeseman has been named as a 2017 Golden Apple Award Finalist for excellence in teaching. This is Mr. Baeseman’s third time to be honored by the Golden Apple Foundation.
Established in 1986, this prestigious award is given out each year and recognizes outstanding teachers for their contributions to building a stronger, better educated society. This year’s thirty-four finalists were selected from more than 600 nominees. The finalists are currently undergoing a rigorous final round of review which includes classroom observations and interviews with colleagues, supervisors, students, and parents.
The LFCDS community is pleased that Mr. Baeseman’s efforts in the classroom and beyond have been honored in this way. When asked to describe Mr. Baeseman, students and faculty alike praised Mr. Baeseman for his authenticity, professionalism, creativity, personal investment in his students, and innovation in the classroom. As a teacher, Mr. Baeseman is known not only for the excellence of his curriculum and his choral program; he also believes the art of teaching is an opportunity to create an environment that is essential to understanding how compassion and empathy may be used to bridge gaps between people.
“I want our students to perceive how understanding diversity will not only open up their minds to new ways of thinking, it will also enrich their friendships, travel experiences, educational journeys, career options, and overall quality of life,” said Mr. Baeseman. “Music is a natural way to introduce a variety of cultures and types of people. Through careful discussion and analysis of music from different cultures, the students quickly learn that our job together is to unpack the meaning and recognize the music’s validity for a group of people.”
The ten recipients of the Golden Apple Award will be announced in May. Each Golden Apple Award recipient is awarded a semester sabbatical at Northwestern University and a $5,000 cash award. More importantly, recipients become Fellows of the Golden Apple Academy of Educators, providing them a stronger voice and a larger stage from which to make a difference in education.
“Teaching has always been my calling, and I feel fortunate to be able to share my passion for music with my students every day,” said Mr. Baeseman. “I am humbled and honored to be recognized in this way. Being a part of the Golden Apple family allows access to extraordinary professional development that will ensure our students receive the very best tools for their music education.”
Submitted by Lake Forest Country Day School