The Kennedy Center recently announced that ASFA-CW’s Iris Rinke-Hammer has been named one of just ten national recipients of the Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award. The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards solicit nominations from the general public and notable public figures. Nominators submit stories about teachers and professors who made a significant difference in their lives. Rinke-Hammer was nominated by ASFA alumna Adriane Tharp, who wrote this essay in support of Iris’s nomination. Congratulations to Iris, who is truly a master teacher!