Students at NJ high school nominate drama teacher for Tony Award

Justin Udo
May 01, 2019 - 7:27 pm
A New Jersey high school teacher gets the surprise of a lifetime as he gets ready to retire after more than four decades on the job.

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CHERRY HILL, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — A New Jersey high school teacher gets the surprise of a lifetime as he gets ready to retire after more than four decades on the job.

For a majority of his high school career at Cherry Hill High School East, Jayson Borenstein has worked on plays and musicals with Tom Weaver.

"He's also taught me so many life skills about leadership, taking initiative, and just how to be a good effective person when working in a group," he said. 

Borenstein and a number of other students say Weaver's life lessons have been so impactful they felt the need to honor him with the ultimate show of gratitude in the theatre world: they submitted Weaver as a nominee to the Tony Award's excellence in theater education award.

"Doing that was really fun, because we got to talk to so many people who he's impacted over the years. And getting to hear how many people he's impacted, and how he's impacted them was really interesting," Borenstein added. 

For Weaver - who's taught actresses like Cristin Milioti from "How I met Your Mother," to Broadway set designers - this submission is the cherry on top of his 42 year career.

"We don't know where that nomination is going to go, it's not at all a given in any level. Just the fact that they thought about me in that respect is extremely satisfying to me personally," Weaver said. 

Weaver says even after retirement he wants to continues to work with the students of Cherry Hill East.

"I am not going to totally leave the school. I'd like to come back at some point in time and help out," he added. 

Weaver will find out in the next few days if he is an award finalist.