Nominate an Inspirational Teacher for Kennedy Center Award

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is now accepting applications for the third annual Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards.  Teachers of any subject are eligible for nomination. The $10,000 awards (no strings attached) are presented each year on Sondheim’s birthday – March 22 – to a handful of teachers, kindergarten through college, who are nominated via the Kennedy Center website.  Applications are due Sunday, December 16, 2012.

NAfME Collegiate members are invited to nominate a teacher who played an inspirational role in their personal development.

“Teachers define us,” stated Stephen Sondheim.  “In our early years, when we are still being formed, they often see in us more than we see in ourselves, more even than our families see and, as a result, help us to evolve into what we ultimately become.  Good teachers are touchstones to paths of achieving more than we might have otherwise accomplished, in directions we might not have gone.”

The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards were created in honor of Stephen Sondheim’s 80th birthday and were initiated and funded through the generous support of Freddie and Myrna Gershon.

For more information, please visit the Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards website:

A complete press release, flyer, and more information are available upon request.

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Did you have a teacher who inspired you? Our friends at the Kennedy Center are celebrating great moments in teaching with the Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards. Tell them your story at Teachers Change Lives then nominate your teacher for the award.