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27th Annual Arts Teacher of the Year Winner! 

Nina Zakrzewski


WHO: Nova High School’s Nina Zakrzewski, musical theater, acting, stagecraft, English Honors, is Broward County’s 2012 Arts Teacher of the Year!

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On an evening filled with celebration and inspiration, Nina Zakrzewski’s students performed a segment of their anti-bullying musical, Weight of Words; Title Sponsor, Florida Power & Light Company, along with other members of Broward’s business and arts community, gathered to recognize three outstanding leaders in arts education excellence from Broward County public and charter schools; and legendary broadcaster Tony Segreto emceed this signature event. Arts Teacher of the Year

Fort Lauderdale resident Nina Zakrzewski’s advanced acting classes have been proclaimed “Agents of Change” by Broward’s Office of Prevention, through their original anti-bullying musical, Weight of Words, which has been touring Broward County Schools, and also performing for the Broward Center Student Enrichment in the Arts (SEAS) Program, playing to more than 20,000 people.

Zakrzewski earned a BFA in drama at the Boston Conservatory, a MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College, and an ME from Eastern Nazarene College in Educational Leadership. She is a member of various theatrical associations, including Actor’s Equity, AFTRA, and SAG. She is on the Board of Directors for Lovewell Institute for the Creative Arts, and recently re-elected to the Board of Directors of FATE, Florida Association of Theatre Educators. Her teaching and administrative credits include work as Associate Director of Continuing Education at Quincy College, English and theatre professor at Eastern Nazarene College, as well as Theatre Arts Director K-12 at University School of Nova Southeastern University.

Before moving to Florida, she performed professionally in summer stock and regional theatres in the Boston area. She was also co-producer and artistic director for Mystery Du Jour Dinner Theatre which she ran at four locations in New England. This past summer Zakrzewski spent two weeks Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance on Fellowship at London’s Globe Theatre.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The doors opened at 5 p.m. for the student art exhibition; and for the first time in its 27-year history, the Arts Teacher of the Year winner was announced during the presentation.

WHAT: Among a crowded Amaturo Theater, an art exhibition, various stage performances and County dignitary remarks, Hilary Fine, visual art, Hollywood Academy of Arts and Science; Susan Ostheim, visual art, South Broward High School were the two Runners Up when Nova High School’s Nina Zakrzewski, became the emotionally-proud and humble winner for the County’s most prestigious arts education award. The reception brought members of Broward County Commission and other dignitaries to their feet, alongside the proud students, as they jammed to the music of arts education supporters DJ Skool.

The Arts Teacher of the Year Program has celebrated and showcased the artistic excellence of students and faculty of Broward County schools, through a partnership among Broward Cultural Division, the School Board of Broward County, Broward Center for the Performing Arts and Business for the Arts of Broward. The Title Sponsor this year is Florida Power & Light Company, with AutoNation as the Awards Presenter, and BBX Capital as the Reception Host.

Additional sponsors include: BankUnited; Florida Blue, Publix Supermarket Charities, Private Partners; BGT Partners; Broward College; Great American Farms; Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance; Kopelowitz, Ostrow, Ferguson, Weiselberg, Keechl; Merrimac Ventures; Nova Southeastern University; PNC Bank; Panera Bread; McGladrey; Starmark; Stiles Corporation; Sun-Sentinel; and WLD Enterprises.

WHERE: Broward Center for the Performing Arts
201 Southwest 5th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

Grace Kewl with the three Arts Teacher of the Year finalists

(l – r) Nina Zakrzewski, Grace Kewl-Durfey, Hilary Fine, and Susan Ostheim
(l – r) Nina Zakrzewski, Grace Kewl-Durfey, Hilary Fine, and Susan Ostheim


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