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Finalists Announced for Broward County's 2013 Arts Teacher of the Year

Thursday, October 24, 2013
Congratulations to the 12 finalists announced for the 2013 Broward County Arts Teacher of the Year. Broward Cultural Division and Business for the Arts of Broward selected the esteemed finalists for the excellence in arts education awards. Broward County's 28th annual Arts Teacher of the Year celebration will be held on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale.
The finalists for the excellence in arts awards have been selected from Broward County's public, private and charter schools. This is the first year that there will be one winner in each of the four categories (dance, theater, music and visual arts), and announced on the night of the event.
The occasion will be celebrated with a cast of some of the finest arts students and teachers in Broward County, with local businesses and attendees showing support for the importance of excellence in arts education. Student performances and exhibitions will add to the festivities.
The 12 finalists are:


Heather Fingerer, Hollywood Academy of Arts and Science

Aimee Sangster, New Renaissance Middle School

Toranika Washington, University School of Nova Southeastern University


Daniel Slowik, Falcon Cover Middle School

Michelle Terl, Parkway Middle School of the Arts
Jason Zembuch, South Plantation High School

Ysomar Echazabal Granados, St. Bonaventure Catholic School
Matthias Hubsch, Forest Glen Middle School

John Nista, Ramblewood Middle School


Alison Eager, Seminole Middle School
Wendi Librach, Flamingo Elementary School
Keri Porter, Wingate Oaks Center
For more than two decades, the Broward County 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, Florida, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Business for the Arts of Broward and sponsorship from Title Sponsor Florida Power & Light, AutoNation; BBX Capital; Broward College; Gibraltar Private Bank and Trust; Kopelowitz Ostrow Ferguson Weiselberg Keechl; Publix Supermarket Charities; and Cruise Voyant; the Broward County Arts Teacher of the Year Program highlights the outstanding arts teacher in Broward County; and provides an opportunity for arts students to gain valuable experience performing in a high quality, professional, performing arts institution, on the evening of the award ceremony.
For more information contact Grace Kewl-Durfey at 954-357-7869.

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