I just received news that I won the “Mary Hoffman” award from IMEA. This is the highest honor a music teacher can receive from IMEA. It honors Mary Hoffman, a former professor at the University of Illinois and author of the Silver-Burdette Music series. As it stated in my letter from IMEA ” The award is given to current music teachers who have demonstrated the characteristics of an outstanding music educator and continue excellence in teaching. I will be receiving the award during the General Session on Thursday, January 31, 2008.