I was awarded the “Mary Hoffman” award for music excellence at the IMEA in Peoria. I was so taken by the award and what it means. My principal, Bryan Albro, of whom I have taught with for twenty years attended the opening ceremony where the award was presented. If you have ever attended a music conference, we start the conference singing “The Star Spangled Banner.” You can imagine how powerful the song is with musicians singing the song. His comment “You haven’t lived until you have attended a music conference with the singing of the National Anthem, I have lived!” It meant a lot that he attended to see how cool this conference is. As soon as I get his pictures I will post them.