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3 Michigan teachers among 13 to win national award

The Detroit News

Three Michigan teachers are among 13 from across the country who are winners of the 2015 Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards.

Jack Edmond Ellis of Jefferson Middle School in St. Clair Shores, Joshua Hosler of Lake Orion High School and Jim Robert of Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor will each receive $10,000, organizers said Friday.

Ellis, who teaches junior high vocal music, was nominated by student Cheryle Kahl; Hosler, who teachers 10th grade creative writing, British literature and English, was nominated by Taylor Fasseel; and Robert, who teaches 12th grade history and social studies, was nominated by Nora Rabiah.

The awards were created in honor of composer Stephen Sondheim’s 80th birthday in 2010.

Teacher nominees must teach or have taught in a U.S. K-12 school, college or university. Teachers of all grades and subjects are eligible.

“The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award is a great opportunity to shine a spotlight on the terrific work teachers do in their communities every day,” said Darrell M. Ayers, Vice President of Education and Jazz at the Kennedy Center. “We see the difference teachers can make first hand through our work in schools across the country.”

The grants spotlight teachers’ impact on students’ lives, organizers said in a press release.