SM North teacher inducted into hall of fame for strings teachers

Karen McGhee Puckett being honored at the recent convention for lifetime achievement.
Karen McGhee Puckett being honored at the recent convention for lifetime achievement.

SM North teacher Karen McGhee Puckett has been inducted into the Kansas American String Teachers Association Hall of Fame.

McGhee Puckett has taught at SM North for 35 years. She started the Strolling Strings and has conducted the orchestra for more than 40 musical productions at SM North.

The hall of fame is a lifetime achievement award that recognizes outstanding contributions to string music education. “Recipients of this award should have clearly demonstrated selfless devotion, outstanding service, and a long-term commitment to the cause of string teaching and building of string programs in the state of Kansas and/or the United States,” according to the Kansas ASTA. It is the highest award given by the Kansas ASTA and is only awarded to one individual annually.

The induction into the hall of fame was done at the Kansas Music Educators Association convention in Wichita.