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Chris Bundy is Awarded Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards
Friday March 23, 2012
posted by Diane Williamson
Tags: Misc 

10 Teachers Receive National Award for Excellence in the Program’s Second Year 

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced the 2012 winners of Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards—a series of annual grants which recognize inspiring teachers across the United States. After receiving hundreds of nominations through the Kennedy Center website, 10 teachers were selected for their exceptional influence on their students. Award recipients each receive $10,000 and are showcased, along with the people they inspired, on a website dedicated to inspirational teachers. The 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.

Among the 10 teachers is Floyd Central High School's Chris Bundy.

In many people's lives there is at least one teacher who inspired and helped them become who they are today. Although the range of subjects and grades taught spans widely, these teachers have one thing in common: each has overwhelmingly impacted his or her students’ lives and encouraged them to reach their potential. Quotes from nomination essays include: “. . .from that moment on, I felt as if I had someone that genuinely cared about me and saw a brighter future than I had ever seen for myself. . .”, “. . .[She] changed my entire perspective. . .”, “I’ve never seen someone care more for his students or their well-being. . .”, “[He] gave me a new purpose in life.” 

"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.”  

“We have seen first-hand how much difference a single teacher can make in the life of his or her students,” said Darrell M. Ayers, Vice President of Education at the Kennedy Center. “The Kennedy Center is grateful to administer such a meaningful award recognizing this important profession.”

(Chris Bundy photo courtesy of the News and Tribune.) 


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