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2022 Tony Awards: Aldine ISD theater teacher wins for excellence

Roshunda Jones-Koomba is now the winner of the 2022 Excellence in Theater Education Award.

HOUSTON — An Aldine ISD theater teacher acquired to stroll the purple carpet and take the stage at Radio City Music Hall Sunday evening through the Tony Awards.

Roshunda Jones-Koomba is the theater director at G.W. Carver Magnet High School and now the winner of the 2022 Excellence in Theater Education Award.

Jones-Koomba received the award through the seventy fifth Annual Tony Awards in New York City. She was chosen by a panel of theater specialists that acquired greater than 5,000 entries nationwide.

The annual training award bestowed by the Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University acknowledges U.S. educators from kindergarten to twelfth grade who’ve “demonstrated monumental impact on the lives of students and who embodies the highest standards of the profession.”

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“In theater we accept all, so you’re not afraid to be yourself. And that gives you confidence to do anything you want, enables you to work with different people, and to be a better all-around person,” Jones-Koumba mentioned in a press release. “Theatre is Life. I’m very grateful to The Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University for this honor.”

The award features a $10,000 prize and a pair of tickets to the Tony ceremony and gala. A panel of judges comprised of the American Theatre Wing, The Broadway League, Carnegie Mellon and different leaders from the theater trade selects the winner, based mostly on candidates submitted by the general public.

Jones-Koumba has already acquired two prestigious awards for 2021 — the Stephen Schwartz Musical Theatre Teacher of the Year Award and the

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“I’m an advocate for arts education everywhere. It doesn’t matter how much funding or support you have; magic can be created with determination and creativity,” she mentioned when she received the Schwartz award. “Musical theatre has a novel approach of bringing individuals collectively from totally different backgrounds and experiences to create theater magic.”

In 2020, Jones-Koumba was inducted into the Texas Thespians Hall of Fame and acquired the inaugural Arts Educator of the Year from the TUTS Leading Ladies group. She was additionally TxETA’s 2017 Educator of the Year and Aldine ISD Carver High School’s teacher of the year in 2009 and 2014.

Jones-Koumba is a graduate of Prairie View A&M University with a bachelor’s diploma in theatre and a grasp’s of training in administration. The metropolis of Wharton, Texas, has declared June 28 as a day to honor her.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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