MMEA member wins Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award

Congratulations to MMEA / NAfME member Norma Freeman, a recipient of this year’s Kennedy Center / Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award!  Norma is a retired music educator from the Saline Area Schools where she taught high school choir, music theater, operetta workshop, music theory, AP music theory, guitar, 5th / 6th grade Creative Arts, and 7th / 8th grade choir, and has been an MMEA/NAfME member for 40 years!

These annual grants, through the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, recognize American teachers by spotlighting their extraordinary impact on the lives of students. Ten teachers were selected in 2017 from a pool of nominations received through the Kennedy Center’s website. Award recipients each receive $10,000 and are showcased, along with the former students they inspired, on a website dedicated to inspirational teachers. The awards, created by the Center in honor of Stephen Sondheim’s 80th birthday in 2010, were initiated and funded through the generous support of Myrna and Freddie Gershon.  You can learn more about this year’s recipients by visiting

Congratulations to Norma and all this year’s outstanding award recipients!