Lori Ramirez Named Graham Distinguished Teacher

Beloved middle school teacher Lori Ramirez received The Peter and Jody Graham Distinguished Teacher Award during an opening day ceremony in Benjamin Hall. 

The annual award is presented to a Benjamin teacher who exemplifies the school’s 12 values and has contributed to the community both inside and outside the classroom.

Ramirez hails from a small Pennsylvania town where her love of dancing was born shortly after she could walk. 

“In fact, her mother signed her up for baby ballet class at three years old and she hasn’t stopped moving since,” said Head of Middle School Charles Hagy in his introductory remarks. 

A graduate of the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Ramirez found her way to the Big Apple where she spent 12 years performing as a Rockette in Radio City Music Hall. 

“Her love for dancing and performing has translated beautifully into her career in teaching,” said Hagy. 

Since arriving at Benjamin six years ago, Ramirez has elevated the middle school dance, acting, and musical theater programs to new heights. 

“And we know,” said Hagy, “the best is yet to come.” 

Chief Technology Officer Russell Tepper presented Jesse Glendinning, Barker Performing Arts Center Technical Director, with The Bank of America Distinguished Service Award for his hard work, intuitive problem solving, friendly demeanor, and dedication to the school.

Head of Upper School Fletcher Carr honored Administrative Assistant Lisa Badolati with the same award for her tireless work and invaluable contributions to the upper school. 

Teachers, staff, and administrators were also presented with years of service awards as part of the special assembly. 


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