By Kyle Kennedy
Polk Public Schools 

Roosevelt Academy Educator Matthew Brojanowski Named Finalist

Former Paraeducator Obtained Degree, Became English Teacher, Will Represent District 6


Last updated 10/3/2023 at 5:28pm

Courtesy Polk School System

Matthew Brojanowski, right, was caught be surprise by a delegation of school system officials who informed him of his selection. The touring "Surprise Patrol" visits the schools in each of the seven districts to bring news of the honor to the recipients in person.

A local educator received a visit from the "Surprise Patrol" today and learned that he has been selected as a finalist in the Polk County School System's annual awards, which are given to the teacher and paraeducator of the year.

Matthew Brojanowski now teaches English at Roosevelt Academy, located on East Street in Lake Wales. He has had a remarkable career in education.

Brojanowski first got involved in schools as a parent volunteer, then worked as a substitute, and went on to become a paraeducator at Roosevelt Academy. He graduated college last year - just before his 50th birthday -and has since moved into a new role as an English teacher for Roosevelt's high school students.

PCPS has now recognized finalists from all seven districts, and the overall winners will be announced at the Inspire Awards on Nov. 9 at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland. The Polk Education Foundation and PCPS' Department of Public Relations & Strategic Partnerships collaborate to present this annual event.

During the event, finalists will be recognized with video tributes and receive sponsored gifts. The Teacher of the Year and School-Related Employee of the Year will receive a cash prize generously donated by Platinum sponsor MIDFLORIDA Credit Union.

As a paraeducator, Brojanowski took pride in advocating for students and supporting their academic progress by working alongside teachers. He says the best part of his job is the feedback he gets from students. Administrators describe him as professional, committed, and a positive force in Roosevelt's culture. Whenever students or staff need encouragement, they know where to look.


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