Recognizing educators who use the arts to foster transformational growth

Throughout his life, William A. Yandow made significant contributions to his nation, local communities, the arts, and education.

As a longtime Bushnell patron and Overseer, we want to recognize his dedication to the arts and its role in the education and development of young people with this annual educator award.

The recipient will receive:
An honorarium
A reception in their honor
Two tickets to a Bushnell show

The criteria for nomination include the following:

  • A minimum of 5 years as a teacher or administrator PK – 12 in a public, private, or charter school
  • Proven leadership with students, parents, colleagues, and community members
  • Contributions to the advancement of curriculum
  • Exceptional talent and dedication as an educator, administrator, or advocate in one of the following areas:
    • Arts Education
    • Cultural Studies
    • Language Arts

Click here for a PDF flyer of the award to print and share in your school.

Nominations will be accepted until May 4, 2018. Please complete the form below or submit a cover letter, resumé, and 1-2 letters of recommendation to Ryan Erickson at If you have any questions about submission details or requirements, please call (860) 987-6079.

2017 Winners

The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts is pleased to announce the winners of the second year of the William A. Yandow Educator Award, recognizing local educators who use the arts to foster transformational growth.

William A. Yandow was a longtime Bushnell patron and Overseer of the center, who was dedicated to the arts and its role in the education and development of young people. Mr. Yandow supported The Bushnell and its Educational programs, as well as the Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, in Sarasota, FL. Mr. Yandow passed away in 2014.

The following individuals received the 2017 award at a reception in their honor at on June 4, 2017 at The Bushnell. Honorees received a monetary prize, a plaque acknowledging their achievement, and tickets to the matinee performance of The King & I, which immediately followed the reception.

Katharine Peet, of Manchester, Music Teacher at Noah Webster MicroSociety Magnet School, Hartford.

Shirley Cowles, of Hebron, Language Arts and Gifted & Talented Teacher, Sage Park Middle School, Windsor.

Nichelle Woodson, of Bloomfield, Principal, Jumoke Academy Honors at The Hartford Conservatory, Hartford.

Eleisha LeMay, of Tolland, Eighth Grade Reading Teacher and Team Leader, CREC Academy of Aerospace & Engineering, Windsor.