Requirements for the Hall of Fame include having completed 25 years of active service as a music teacher or administrator, made a significant contribution to music education in Oklahoma, been a member of OMEA or the National Association for Music Education, served OMEA in a significant region or state capacity and demonstrated excellence in teaching music.
Growing up in Kansas City, Mo., Knudson said she anticipated joining the family pharmacy business. Positive music experiences in middle and high school prompted her to pursue music education.
She received her bachelor’s degree from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, as well as her master’s and Kodály certification from the University of Oklahoma.
She is also a National Board teacher.
Knudson has been teaching music at Adams since 1990.
She was selected as Adams’ teacher of the year in 1997.
She also has taught at both Cleveland and Eisenhower elementary schools.
Helping children achieve “a-ha” moments when discovering something new about music is Knudson’s passion.
“I feel really strongly that only the best is good enough for children, and they can be lots of things if we just give them the opportunity,” she said.
Brad Benson, NPS fine arts director, described Knudson as the epitome of a great educator.
“Sandy is always willing to share her expertise with others,” he said. “And, most importantly, every day and every school year, she inspires hundreds of students to love music and to become the best that they can be.”
Knudson said she is grateful for the career she’s led up to this point.
“I’ve had a wonderful opportunity to teach in Norman Public Schools. It’s really a wonderful place to teach,” she said. “I’ve had wonderful colleagues, wonderful mentors and wonderful students, and when you look at the big picture, the big circle of people in my life, I’m very blessed.”
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