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District Teachers Selected for Notable Equity Fellowship

By Pat Evans | November 22, 2017

Seven teachers from the School District of Palm Beach County have been selected to participate in the Teachers For Equity (T4E) Fellowship launched by The Business Innovation Factory (BIF). Funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the fellowship’s purpose is to support the spread of equitable practices within schools. The teachers…

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Avossa surprises Teacher of the Year

Palm Beach Central HS ESOL, Reading Teacher Named District’s Teacher of the Year

By Pat Evans | November 21, 2017

It took a little bit of time for the shock to wear off and the tears to set in, but eventually Dr. Evangeline Aguirre realized that she is indeed the School District of Palm Beach County’s Teacher of the Year, and tissues became a necessity.  Dr. Avossa, School Board members Chuck Shaw and Marcia Andrews, District…

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[VIDEO]: 2017 Dwyer Awards Shine the Spotlight on Six of our Top Teachers

By Pat Evans | November 21, 2017

Six educators in Palm Beach County are proud recipients of the William T. Dwyer Award for Excellence in Education. The Dwyer Awards, an annual program developed and supported by the Economic Council of Palm Beach County, honors outstanding educators from public and private schools in Palm Beach County, increases awareness of the exemplary teaching in…

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[Video]: Palmetto ES Teacher Named LifeChanger Award Winner

By Pat Evans | November 20, 2017

Michele Mohl was surprised by school staff, family and representatives from the National Life Group as she was named as a LifeChanger of the Year Award winner. Mohl is a Specialized Academic Instruction (SAI) teacher/school-based team leader/teacher on assignment at Palmetto Elementary School in West Palm Beach. “Selfless” was a word used repeatedly as a video…

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Teachers Enhance Their STEM Skills During Summer Externships

By Pat Evans | November 20, 2017

Amazing, authentic, and enlightening were some of the words used by teachers to describe their experiences during the School District of Palm Beach County and the Palm Beach County STEM Education Council’s Externship Program. Ten teachers took part in the month-long paid summer externships, acquiring experience in STEM fields that they can take back to…

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Happy Thanksgiving: District and Schools Closed November 20-24

By Julie Houston Trieste | November 17, 2017

Here’s one more thing to be thankful for as you gather around the table this Thanksgiving holiday. All Palm Beach County School District Schools and District Offices will be closed the week of Thanksgiving. “I’m looking forward to unwinding a little bit and spending time with family,” Superintendent Robert Avossa said during his annual Thanksgiving…

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#ThankATeacherPBC: South Grade Teacher Breaks Cycles, Builds Futures With Mentoring Program

By Nneka Nnolim | November 16, 2017

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office recently thanked a Palm Beach County teacher in their own way, honoring a South Grade Elementary School teacher for her efforts with “Breaking the Cycle of Gang Recruitment,” an initiative at South Grade which pairs members of the community and law enforcement with South Grade students to provide mentorship…

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Atlantic High School student Jackson Destine has been named a national finalist for the Wendy's High School Heisman Award

See My Success: Atlantic High Student Named National Finalist for High School Heisman Award

By Jennifer Deshazo | November 15, 2017

Atlantic Community High School senior Jackson Destine is the picture of determination. Growing up in low-income housing in Delray Beach, he knew he wanted to pursue higher education, but finding the means to pay for college seemed out of the question. “They [my family] even told me, you know, they don’t have any money for…

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Rotary Club of Wellington Pays Off $20,000 in Outstanding School Lunch Debts

By Julie Houston Trieste | November 14, 2017

There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but thanks to the Rotary Club of Wellington, Palm Beach County students’ outstanding lunch debts are a thing of the past – $20,000 worth of them. School lunches are free or reduced in price for students whose families meet certain income criteria, but sometimes students…

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Olympic Heights High School Students Find Success in the Best Buddies Program

See My Success: Olympic Heights High School’s Best Buddies Program Fosters Special Bond Between Students

By Jennifer Deshazo | November 13, 2017

For Olympic Heights High School students Jacob Pasternack and Andrew Chea, the phrase “Best Buddies” carries an extra special meeting. Their story goes back to first grade; Jacob met Andrew, who has down syndrome, when they shared the same class. “In first grade, we just kind of came together. I’d play with him on the…

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