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Arts Teacher of the Year

Honoring exemplary arts educators working in schools and communities

Exceptional and Outstanding Contributions to Arts Education Awards 

An individual and an organization each receive a cash award to recognize significant contributions to arts education.

The 2018 event was made possible by a partnership among:

  • PNC
  • School Board of Broward County
  • Broward Center for the Performing Arts
  • Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Jodi & Paul Tanner
  • Broward Cultural Council
  • and other generous sponsors.

For more than 30 years, Broward Cultural Division, the School Board of Broward County, Florida, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and other generous private sector donors have called attention to the importance of arts education in Broward County schools.
   
ArtsEd Forever! is an advocacy, awareness and recognition program that highlights best practices in schools and communities. Each year, a culminating event and reception is held at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. It features exhibitions and performances by student and professional artists, along with presentations of cash awards to educators, schools and organizations for their exemplary service.
 
 
 
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Awards to Educators, Schools and Organizations

Arts Teacher of the Year
   
One (1) Arts Teacher of the Year Award, and two (2) Finalist Awards are presented for each artistic discipline, (dance, music, theater and visual arts). Each recipient of the Arts Teacher of the Year Award receives a $3,000 cash award and a $500 cash contribution to their arts program at their school.  Each finalist receives a $1,000 cash award.
 
Eligible are teachers from public, charter and private schools, whose primary assignment is in an arts discipline, including dance, drama, music, visual arts, literary, and media arts (photography, film, and video); preference is given to arts teachers who are certified in the arts discipline they teach.  Awards are presented at the annual ArtsEd Forever! event.
 
Deadline to Apply was Friday February 16, 11:59 pm.


T
eaching Artist of the Year
 
“A teaching artist is a practicing professional artist with the complementary skills and sensibilities of an educator, who engages people in learning experiences in, through, and about the arts.” Eric Booth.
   
One (1) Teaching Artist of the Year Award, and two (2) Finalist Awards are presented. The recipient of the Teaching Artist of the Year Award receives a $3,000 cash award.  Each finalist receives a $1,000 cash award. Awards are presented at the annual ArtsEd Forever! event.
   
Deadline to Apply was Friday March 16, 2018, 11:59pm
 

Outstanding Contributions to Arts Education​

Two (2) awards are presented under this category, one (1) to an individual, and the other to an organization.  Candidates are nominated by members of the community.  Recipients demonstrate significant, on-going contributions to arts education in Broward County in many different ways: originality of contributions; awareness and advocacy efforts to further educate teachers, students and/or community; and use of arts resources that extend into the community and state levels.  Each recipient receives a $1,000 cash award.  Awards are presented at the annual ArtsEd Forever! event.
 
 Deadline to Nominate an Individual or Organization was March 30th, 2018, 11:59 pm.


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Past Winners

The Arts Teacher of the Year Award was created by the Broward County Cultural Division and Council in 1985 to recognize and honor a significant arts teacher in the Broward County Public Schools. Teachers whose primary assignment is in an arts discipline including dance, drama, music, visual arts and media arts are eligible.  Each year, one outstanding arts educator is honored at a gala awards ceremony and performance at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. 
 

Previous Award Winners

Year Won Teacher's Name School Name of Teacher
2012 Nina Zakrzewski’s Nova High School

2011

Julia Perlowski

Pompano Beach High School

2010 Neil Jenkins JP Taravella High School
2009 Susan Anderson JP Taravella High School
     
2008 Nicole Greggs Plantation Park Elementary
     
2007 Dr. David Lazerson The Quest Center
     
2006 Gretchen Weihe Fasulo Sawgrass Elementary School
     
2005 Lori Sessions JP Taravella High School
     
2004 Jeanne Halberg Sawgrass Springs Middle School
     
2003 Mary Cavaioli Norcrest Elementary School
     
2002 John Owen Davis II Flanagan High School
     
2001 Denyse Brooks Savetz Parkway Middle School
     
2000 Ann Ayers Coral Springs High School
     
1999  Ellen McMillan Parkway Middle School
     
1998 Phylis Burke Norcrest Elementary School
     
1997 Daniel Lieberman Coral Springs Middle School
     
1996 Sara Marc Colbert Elementary School
     
1995 Fay Kokkeler Seminole Middle School
     
1994 John Southall Western High School
     
1993 Janet Siegel Rogers Dillard High School
     
1992 Sandra M. Melillo Northeast High School
     
1991 Roger Dow Smith Deerfield Beach High School
     
1990 Donna M. Casanas Miramar High School
     
1989 Suzanne Bebon Atlantic West Elementary School
     
1988 Sharon Brooks

Bayview Elementary School

     
1987 Michele A. Edwards

Coral Springs High School

     
1986 Maxine McCall

Plantation & Mirror Lake Elementary Schools


Principal Recognition Awards 

2003 Dr. Susan L. Whiting

Tradewinds Elementary School

     
2002 Aimee Zekofsky

Apollo Middle School

     
2001

Douglas J. Iscovitz

Indian Ridge Middle School

     
2000 Sharon H. Shaulis

Charles W. Flanagan High School

     
1999 Sherry A. Rose

Eagle Point Elementary School

 

 

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2018 Finalists

Dance
Alina Guerrero-Pena,Dillard Center for the Arts / 6-12 Center

Theatre
Meagan Nagy, Ramblewood Middle School

Music
Christopher Dorsey,Dillard Center for the Arts/Dillard 6-12

Marcos Joel Rodriguez,Avant Garde Academy of Broward

Visual Art
Scott Berg, Walker Elementary

Shannon Furst,CoralGlades High SchoolPerformances

Performances

Parkway Middle School Jazz
Turnaround Arts National Performance Group
 Florida Children's Theatre
Kunya Rowley, Opera Singer​