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THE PRESIDENT OF SASA RECOGNIZED AT THE TEJAS STORYTELLING CONFERENCE 2016
Sue Kuentz was recognized at this year’s Tejas Storytelling Association Conference, held recently in Waco, Sue Kuentz was honored by her peers as the recipient of the Colson-Herndon Educator’s Award. If a worthy prospective recipient is nominated, this award is given at the association’s biannual conference in honor of Ted Colson and Rosanna Herndon, who promoted the integration of storytelling in their respective fields. The award honors an educator who has given of his/her time and talent to mentor an individual or group in storytelling or has been instrumental in promoting storytelling in their field. Janet Latham, the 2014 recipient, presented the award to Kuentz, who has been coaching youth tellers and promoting storytelling in her roles as both educator and librarian in San Antonio for over two decades. She was instrumental in the formation and organization of the Texas Storytelling Youth Olympics, which later became known as the Texas Storytelling Youth Challenge, and worked with that organization until her retirement from public education in 2013.
Since that time, Sue has continued to share her stories and promote storytelling, currently serving as president of the San Antonio Storytelling Association and producer of the 2016 Tellabration!, as well as being a member of the Texas Commission on the Arts Texas Touring Roster. Kuentz continues to coach youth tellers in the San Antonio area. In each school where she has taught, Sue has sponsored a “Door to Lore” Storytelling Club, and even now that she is retired, she maintains several after-school storytelling clubs in elementary and a middle schools. Sue received an Excellence in Education Award from HEB, and the main consideration in their choice of Sue was her use of stories in her teaching and teaching storytelling to her students. She has been an emcee, storyteller, workshop presenter and a featured storyteller at the Texas Storytelling Festival, and she presently serves on the TSA Board and as President of SASA’s Leadership Council. In 2015, the library at Tuscany Heights Elementary in North East ISD was named for her. She is on the Texas Commission on the Arts.
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