Corbett Prep Drama/Dance Teacher Julie Nelson traveled to New York in November to see one of her students appear on Broadway. Last spring, the fourth grader returned to Tampa with a surprise for his influential teacher.
Eric Walker Jr., who spent several months as young Lola in the Broadway production Kinky Boots, helped present a special award to Nelson.
The Bay News 9 A-Plus Teacher Award spotlights teachers in the Tampa Bay area who inspire and lead. Eric explained how Nelson had noticed a special spark in him and encouraged him to pursue musical theatre. He discovered that he loved singing and acting and decided to participate in a summer program in New York with the Broadway Artists Alliance. It led to him landing the Kinky Boots role.
Nelson said she loves seeing her students develop confidence through drama and dance and tap into their creativity. Seeing Eric on Broadway was rewarding. "It was like my heart was full," she said.
Watch the video from Bay News 9 to learn more about this special honor.