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Nova Southeastern University Alumna Named Teacher of the Year by Broward County Public Schools


FORT LAUDERDALE/DAVIE, Fla. – Eleanna Hurst, an alumna from Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Eleanna HurstAbraham S. Fischler College of Education (FCE), was named “Teacher of the Year” by Broward County Public Schools. The honor was bestowed at the district’s 2017 Caliber Awards ceremony held earlier this month at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center.

The annual Caliber Awards recognize and honor the exemplary leadership, hard work and dedication of the district’s outstanding teachers, principals, assistant principals and school-related/district employees.

Hurst is a third-grade teacher at Collins Elementary School in Dania Beach.

“I am sometimes the only person that may encourage students to become anything that they want to be; teaching offers the opportunity to be that spark to so many students,” Hurst said in a statement.

Hurst received her Master of Science in Elementary Curriculum and Instruction from FCE in 2006. Among her many accomplishments, under her leadership her third-grade students earned the highest number of percentage points in Broward County on the 2016 Florida State Assessments.

This is not the first time an NSU FCE alumnus has been recognized. Broward County’s Millennium Middle School Intern Principal and 7th grade Administrator, Henry Brown, was named Broward County “Teacher of the Year” and the State of Florida’s “Teacher of the Year” in 2002.

Other recent BCPS “Teacher of the Year” alumni from FCE include:

2015 “Teacher of the Year” – Dr. Daniel Shapiro

2016 “Teacher of the Year” – Nicole Brown

2017 “Teacher of the Year” – B. Kyle Jeter

2018 “Teacher of the Year” – Eleanna Hurst

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About Nova Southeastern University (NSU): Located in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a dynamic research institution dedicated to providing high-quality educational programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and first-professional degree levels. A private, not-for-profit institution, NSU has campuses in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Beach, and Tampa, Florida, as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico, while maintaining a presence online globally. For more than 50 years, NSU has been awarding degrees in a wide range of fields, while fostering groundbreaking research and an impactful commitment to community. Classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, NSU is 1 of only 50 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification, and is also the largest private, not-for-profit institution in the United States that meets the U.S. Department of Education’s criteria as a Hispanic-serving Institution. Please visit for more information about NSU and for more information on the largest fundraising campaign in NSU history.


April 19, 2017

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