Boardman grad wins teaching honor in New Jersey


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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