Arts Teacher of the Year 2012 Finalists
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Hilary Fine

Hillary Fine

For the past 18 years Hilary Fine has designed progressive arts programs which develop the whole child for mainstream students (from kindergarten to college level) as well as making them successful to individuals with diversified capabilities. Her commitment is to nurture each step these students make in their educational journey.  Hilary joined Hollywood Academy of Arts and Science in 2006.  The school has supported her efforts in developing the Visual Arts programs and afforded her the opportunity to become a Team Leader, Art Department Head, Leading Edge Member, Mentor and much more.  With Broward’s Visual Art Curriculum Specialist endorsement, Hilary was nominated to serve as one of the four Broward Middle School Visual Art Representatives for Florida’s Race To The Top Assessment Project. 

Also noteworthy, is Hilary’s month long student exhibitions at professional galleries.  As well as her annual “Art Masters Workshops” with world renowned artists who work side by side with her art students.   Hilary’s planned curriculum will also include collaborations with international classrooms that provide distant learning programs via the internet.  This opportunity will allow her students to participate in new cultural experiences from abroad to create an international exhibition.    Before embarking on her career, Hilary was a valedictorian graduate from Ringling School of the Arts and was awarded the first apprenticeship/associate instructor internship.  Hilary embraces the visual arts as an artist, educator, mentor, and leader.  Her philosophy is, “The arts are a catapult to creative thought and understanding which stimulate a higher level of understanding while speaking to you through its visual messages and beauty”.


Susan Ostheim

Susan Ostheim

Susan Ostheim is a return teacher to South Broward.  She started teaching here in 1998.  During her first four years, she successfully developed an Advanced Placement Studio art program and developed partnerships with the community such as the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood City Commissioners, and the Hollywood Historic Society.  She, along with her students, started the first chapter of National Art Honor Society here at South Broward.  She has joyfully returned to South Broward after a short, four-year tenure at Stoneman Douglas High School, where she received National Board Certification. 

Ostheim continues to develop a rich and full art program for her students.  Projects include:  mural painting, Advanced Placement course offerings in design, drawing, sculpture, photography, and Art History, and community-based art projects.  She encourages her students to exhibit their artwork on and off campus, as well as participate in art competitions throughout the school year. The art classroom is equipped to support traditional black and white photography, digital art, sculpture and ceramics, drawing, painting, and printmaking.  Art students are encouraged to extend their love for art outside of the school day by joining National Art Honor Society and Photography Club, which Ostheim sponsors. After more than 20 years of teaching art, Susan Ostheim couldn't think of anything she would rather do.  She has taught complete and successful art programs in elementary schools, middle schools, adult night school, museums, and college classes. 


Nina Zakrzewski 


Nina 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. Her most recent accomplishment has been building a successful theater program at Nova High School. This past summer Zakrzewski spent two weeks Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance on Fellowship at London’s Globe Theatre.


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