Brigid Beckman

Campus Ministry, Humanities

What excites you most about The Academy at Penguin Hall?

Simply put, everything excites me about APH! From the first time I looked at the website (in the middle of a March blizzard in Albany NY!), I felt a pull to be part of the team collaborating on growing this school. I am still amazed that a school exists where I can use every bit of my past experience and my current passion for leading people of all ages into greater well-being in body, mind and spirit. It is especially rewarding to work towards empowering young women to grow into their best selves.

What is your teaching philosophy?

At it’s heart, my teaching philosophy is the same, whether my students are young adults in a classroom, young-at-heart senior citizens in a movement class, or those women and men of all ages I’ve met through my wellness workshops and my ministry. I love to create a warm environment where the sometimes hard work of growth can happen. I meet people where they are, invite them to learn strategies and skills for self-awareness and inner growth, and then step back and watch them bloom.

What are your interests outside of teaching?

I love to find great little coffee shops where I can sit with a book or my notebook. I LOVE to dance. Being at the beach is my favorite way to be in nature. And I love doing just about anything with my amazing family because whatever we do it always involves food, laughter, loud conversations and often, random outbursts of singing!

Brigid holds a BS in English Education and a Master of K-12 Literacy, both from The University of Albany.  Brigid also earned a Master of Divinity degree at One Sprit Interfaith Seminary, NYC.