Aleisa Baker Honored as NCMEA TOY

Aleisa Baker Honored as NCMEA Choral Teacher of the Year
Posted on 11/22/2021
Aleisa Baker Honored as NCMEA Choral Teacher of the YearAleisa Baker Honored as NCMEA Choral Teacher of the Year

Featured Photos (above) from the 2021 NCMEA conference provided by Aleisa Baker. View the Facebook post from BCS Arts.

By: Benjamin Rickert
BCS Communications Dept.

Choral Director Aleisa Baker of T.C. Roberson High School has been selected as the North Carolina Music Educators Association (NCMEA) Teacher of the Year for the High School Choral Section. She received the news in early November as part of the 2021 NCMEA state conference held in Winston-Salem.

“My shock and amazement is still ongoing for receiving this award,” said Baker. “I am lucky to work with amazing colleagues, both in my building and across the county. I love my students and the choir family we create together. Their passion and energy push me to be better every day. Making music and memories with them is something I will hold dear for a lifetime.”

The annual NCMEA choral award has recognized accomplished music educators since 2001. Baker was nominated and selected as the winner by professional music educators from across the state.

“It is with great pride in the teaching excellence of North Carolina’s Choral Music Educators that this honor is bestowed each year,” the NCMEA published on its website.

With over 26 years as a choral director, Baker also serves as the Chair-Elect for the NCMEA High School Section. In 2015, Baker was chosen as the T.C. Roberson High and Roberson District Teacher of the Year in Buncombe County.

Two of her students — Ashley Dowdney and Arden Bode — were selected to perform with this year’s North Carolina Honors Chorus.