Kravis Center Presents Inaugural Outstanding Educator Award

Honoree Alex Kovalsky with Kravis Director of Education Tracy C. Butler.

On June 27, the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts hosted 45 Palm Beach County educators for the ninth annual Educator Night.

The celebratory evening opened with a pre-performance reception catered by Lessing’s and continued with remarks delivered by Director of Education Tracy C. Butler, thanking the educators for their dedication to the success of their students. Butler then presented the inaugural Educator of the Year Award to Alex Kovalsky, an outstanding music educator at Spanish River High School who has a long history of collaborating with the center’s education staff to provide life-changing opportunities for local students. The participating educators were then invited to enjoy Mamma Mia! in Dreyfoos Hall.

“Educator Night at the Kravis Center is a cherished tradition, as it gives us a chance to thank these teachers for all of their hard work throughout the school year,” Butler said. “It was especially exciting to present the first annual Kravis Center Educator of the Year this year to Alex Kovalsky. Aside from his impactful work in the classroom, he is an extraordinarily dedicated music educator who served in many different capacities over the last several years. His students adore and respect him, and we were honored to present him with this award.”

Kovalsky is the chorus director and fine arts department chair at Spanish River, where he teaches chorus, keyboard and Advanced Placement music theory. Kovalsky is a teaching artist for the De George Academy for Performing Arts and is involved with the Palm Beach County District Honor Choir, Spotlight on Young Musicians and the American Choral Directors Association honor choirs. He resides with his wife and their sons in Greenacres.

Teachers from Binks Forest Elementary School, Boynton Beach High School, Coral Sunset Elementary School, Egret Lake Elementary School, Highland Elementary School, Jupiter High School, Lake Park Elementary School, the Lighthouse Academy Palm Beach, the NRI Institute of Health Sciences, the Palm Beach Maritime Academy, Palm Springs Elementary School, Park Vista High School, Royal Palm Beach Elementary School, the Royal Palm School, Spanish River High School, the Conservatory School, the Foundations School, West Gate Elementary School, Yesteryear Village and others were in attendance. The event is open to all Palm Beach County educators and is free of charge.

For more information about Kravis Center education programs, visit www.kravis.org/education-community.

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