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Parkland drama teacher who saved dozens of students to receive Tony award


A Parkland, Fla., drama teacher who saved dozens of students from the deadly mass school shooting in February is set to receive a special Tony award for her bravery.

Melody Herzfeld, the drama teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, will be presented with the award during a broadcast of the Tony Awards show onstage June 10.

“I’m overwhelmed,” Herzfeld told the Associated Press. “But I hope that this award will remind everyone of how vital and important arts education is to our kids. Drama, music, art, creative writing — that’s how you make good citizens.” 

Herzfeld helped protect some 65 lives by hiding students in a classroom closet as a former student opened fired at the high school, killing 17 people.

{mosads}The annual honor is awarded by both the Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University in recognition of educators from kindergarten to 12th grade across the nation who have “demonstrated monumental impact on the lives of students and who embodies the highest standards of the profession.”

Herzfeld’s award includes a $10,000 prize and two tickets to the Tony ceremony and gala. 

Candidates for the honor are submitted by the public and a winner is selected by a panel of judges from the American Theatre Wing, the Broadway League, Carnegie Mellon, among other theater industry leaders.

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