Boardman grad wins teaching honor in New Jersey


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Nick Rzonsa

Boardman High graduate Nick Rzonsa (1997) has been named Teacher of the Year in the prestigious Tenafly, N.J., school district where he has served as a music teacher and orchestra director for the past seven years.

Rzonsa is the a son of Boardman residents John and Alice Rzonsa.

Rzonsa graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and a Master of Arts in Music Education from New York University. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education from Boston University.

In addition to classroom instruction, he also coordinates a Fiddle Club, where students have the opportunity to perform all types of non-classical music, including Irish fiddle, pop/rock, and electric fusion. Inspired by his own private teacher, Kathryn Walker, Rzonsa also runs an after-school violin and viola studio.

As the 2011 Tenafly Teacher of the Year, Rzonsa will be honored at a number of luncheons and festivities this spring and will then be considered for the county, state and national Teacher of the Year award.

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