Scott Baeseman, 2017 Fellow
4th-8th grade music educator and choral conductor
Lake Forest Country Day School| Lake Forest, IL
Each day, Baeseman ends his music classes by encouraging his students to ‘go out and make a positive difference in the world,’ a sentiment he models through his teaching and leadership. He is known for getting to know his students as people and for his commitment to coaching every student to achieve greatness. A professional composer, he is currently collaborating with a 7th grade student to write music inspired by the student’s poetry. His classroom environment models respect, trust and supportive interaction. His instruction emphasizes the interrelation of music and culture, using music as a tool for building understanding of the diversity in our world. He is a leader in his school community, serving as the music department chair and the chair of the school’s diversity committee. He has brought the conversation of acceptance and understanding to the forefront at Lake Forest Country Day where he is widely admired for his openness when discussing challenging issues.
>> Read "The Transformative Power of Teaching" by Scott Baeseman
Scott in the news
Press Release: Lake Forest Teacher Surprised with Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching
Lake Forest Patch: Lake Forest Music Teacher Wins Golden Apple
Daily North Shore: LCFDS Teacher Wins 'Golden Apple'
Lake Forester: Teacher at Lake Forest Country Day School gets Golden Apple