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Jerry Seeger    

Actor, 2016 Broward Co. Theatre Teacher of the Year, Co-Writer and Performer of Demerits, Detentions & Dismissals

Jerry Seeger, 2016 Broward County Theatre Teacher of the Year, is a graduate of the Burt Reynolds Institute for Theatre Training and University of Missouri-Columbia (BA, Theatre Arts) and has appeared in commercials, industrial and independent films and on stage throughout south Florida. He is a former member of Actors Equity Association.

His one person show "Demerits, Detentions & Dismissals: the Works of Taylor Mali" utilizes the works of 4-time Slam Poet champion, teaching advocate and former educator Taylor Mali to illustrate the dignity of the teaching profession. Jerry has spent 18 years in the classroom (15 in secondary education) teaching a variety of subjects including Physical Education, Speech and Debate, 9th grade English, Theatre Appreciation and Acting. While at St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Ft. Lauderdale), he created Fine Arts Signing Day, a ceremony celebrating high school seniors declaring their intentions to pursue their artistic passions at the collegiate level.

His performance of "Demerits, Detentions & Dismissals; the Works of Taylor Mali" has garnered praise from critics and teachers alike:

"...thought-provoking, richly varied in tone, so engagingly and energetically performed. And it's such an inspiring reminder of the inspirational, invaluable role teachers play in our society." --Christine Dolen, Theatre critic

“Beautiful, brilliant and so inspiring!! I wish every student and parent and lawyer could see your show. Just wonderful!” --Gail Garrisan, theatre director and educator

“Had I had a teacher like you when I was in High School I think I would be in a better place today! Every new teacher and student should see your show each and every year…I think it also gives students an insight into what teachers really do inside the classroom.” --Michael Peyton, CultureForce

“We, the audience, get the actual teacher in your statements, questions, polls, and exhortations. And we, the audience, also understand the poet's romantic sentiment about the teacher's responsibility to help the student into the real world beyond school.” --Charles Balkcom, retired veteran of the classroom


Speech Topics

Teaching; Education

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