Cal Benfield, second from right, receives his award
POTTSTOWN PA – Pottstown High School English teacher Cal Benfield was recently recognized by Freedom Credit Union and the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit as one of 23 top finalists in competition for the 7th annual Voices of Inspiration Award for Teaching Excellence.
The award, established to recognize educators and support specialists who exceed expectations in meeting their students needs in both public and non-public Montgomery County schools, is a highly coveted recognition, Pottstown School District spokesman John Armato said. This year more than 740 nominations for 325 educators were submitted by students, parents, co-workers, administrators, and school employees.
Nominations addressed individuals’ contributions throughout the year, as well as cumulative efforts over careers in education.
Benfield teaches language, composition and literature to students in grades 9 -12. He said he most enjoys freshmen and senior classes, as he has the chance to witness students at both the beginning and end of their high school careers.
An educator for 16 years, Benfield said he was inspired by his own high school English and math teachers, and hopes daily to create an environment where excellence matters.
He also serves as the head boys basketball coach for the high school.
Photo from the Pottstown School District