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) honor ASCAP member and musical theatre legend Stephen Sondheim and were created to celebrate his 80th birthday. They are presented each year on Sondheim’s birthday – March 22nd – to a handful of teachers, kindergarten through college, who are nominated via the Kennedy Center website. Applications are due Sunday, December 16th, 2012.
"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."
For more information, or to nominate a teacher who played an inspirational role in your personal development, please visit the Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards website: www.kennedy-center.org/sondheimteacherawards.