Alum Grant earns Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award

UW-Madison alumna Kristin Grant recently received a 2014 Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award.

These honors are designed to “publicly recognize specific teachers by spotlighting their extraordinary impact on the lives of students. The Awards celebrate the teaching profession, the important role of teachers in society, and seek to inspire others to pursue this noble profession. Nominated by students they once taught, these former students’ stories exemplify the power one teacher has to inspire others and transform lives.”

Grant earned her undergraduate degree in special education from UW-Madison’s School of Education in 1978. She teaches history and social studies at Glencoe (Ill.) Central School, and was nominated by former student Zoey Bond.

In her nomination letter, Bond writes: “Through one simple challenge -– ‘What can you do now?’ -– Mrs. Grant urged 13-year-old me to think big and embrace my potential to positively affect the world.” (To read Bond’s nomination letter, click here.)

“I am a teacher; my calling is to stimulate, challenge, and encourage my students to find their strengths, their way to contribute to our world,” Grant says in a quote posted to the Kennedy Center’s website. “I want them to know that they can achieve a goal that seems unreachable, that perseverance obliterates obstacles, and that caring and generosity are contagious.”