Finalists for 38th Annual Dwyer Awards

Finalists for the 38th Annual Dwyer Awards Announced
Posted on 04/05/2022
2022 Dwyer Awards

The Economic Council of Palm Beach County, Inc. has named the finalists for the 38th annual William T. Dwyer Awards for Excellence in Education. Twenty-seven out of 28 finalists are from District-operated schools. The complete list of finalists is provided below.

“We are very excited to honor and celebrate these remarkable teachers in our community with an in-person event this year,” said Natalie Carron, Programs Director of the Economic Council. “We have had the privilege of honoring outstanding teachers in our community for the past 38 years. This awards event will also be an opportunity to highlight our 2020 and 2021 winners in-person, as we are continually grateful for our teachers and their commitment to our students during these most challenging of years.”

The award winners will be announced and honored along with all finalists, nominees, and past recipients during a live, in-person ceremony on Tuesday, May 10 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.

The Dwyer Awards is an annual program developed and supported by the Economic Council to honor outstanding educators from public and private schools in Palm Beach County. The Awards increase awareness of exemplary teaching in the community, provide financial support to educators, and encourages all residents to promote high standards for excellence in education. For more information and to purchase tickets to the ceremony, please visit the Dwyer Awards website.

Congratulations to the finalists:

Grow Up Great: Early Learning Education
• Barbara Boehringer – Palm Beach Gardens Elementary
• Cathy Eckstein – Wellington Elementary

• Cindy Fakhoury  Lake Worth Community High
• Maggie Hodgkiss – South Olive Elementary

Elementary Education
• Jennifer Allen – Wellington Elementary
• Lilian Dickson  Clifford O. Taylor/Kirklane Elementary
• Katherine Kovalsky  Royal Palm Beach Elementary
• Nirali Singh  Del Prado Elementary

Middle School Education
• Amy Brookes  Omni Middle
• Annette Johnson  Palm Beach Day Academy

• Brittney Poliak  Eagles Landings Middle
• Lisa Welz – Emerald Cove Middle

High School Education
• Tiffany Lee Cox – Lake Worth Community High
• Geri Grocki – Boynton Beach Community High
• Ericka Muncy – Jupiter Community High
• Cassandra Thomas – Riviera Beach Preparatory & Achievement Academy

Special Programs
• Angela Donnino – Spanish River Community High
• Steven Gordon – Western Pines Middle
• Brooke Gudgell – Allamanda Elementary
• John Miller – Watson B. Duncan Middle

STEM Education
• Laura Arena – Elbridge Gale Elementary
• Mary Fish – Spanish River Community High
• Scott Lehman – Crosspointe Elementary
• Caroline Westervelt – Western Pines Middle

Student Advancement & Career Education
• Jessica Bayani – Palm Springs Community Middle
• Ted Gliptis – Wellington Community High
• Stephanie Stiepleman – West Boca Raton Community High
• Jill Williams – Royal Palm School
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