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Anthony Lockhart Ed.D.

Principal of Lake Shore Middle School

Dr. Lockhart was awarded the 2016 Principal of the Year for his outstanding leadership. Under his leadership, Lake Shore Middle school in Belle Glade improved two letter grades in just one year.  Previously, Lake Shore Middle had earned an F for two straight years. 

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2017 Dwyer Awards Recipients

Six Different Public and Private
Schools in Palm Beach County

One teacher designed a microeconomics program for an entire high school. Another set up a food-donation program for hungry students. Yet another built up a tiny musical program to include more than 400 students a year. One by one, six exemplary Palm Beach County teachers were honored the 2017 Dwyer Awards for Excellence in Education, an awards program for going above and beyond in educating the county’s youth. The annual awards honor outstanding teachers in the county’s schools, and the winners this year ran the gamut, representing elementary, middle and high schools on campuses from Boca Raton to Jupiter. Recipients were Bethanne Reichard from Bean Independence Middle School, Diane DiMarco from Freedom Shores Elementary School, Meredith Miller from Boca Raton High School, Mira Dhond from Palm Beach Lakes High School, Rebecca Currie from North Grade Elementary School, and Victor Fernandez from The Conservatory School at North Palm Beach.

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Tracy Smith

Bak Middle School of the Arts

Tracy Smith, an 8th grade gifted science teacher at Bak Middle School of the Arts, learned that she had been selected as the winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Teaching (PAEMST).

The PAEMST program, administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy recognizes outstanding teachers for their contributions to the teaching and learning of mathematics and science.

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Kanathy Haney

Palm Beach State College

Palm Beach State College Associate Professor Kanathy Haney has landed a spot in the second “40 Under 40” class of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges for her efforts to raise awareness of human trafficking and to help victims. Not only is she on the “40 Under 40” list, she ranks first and was asked to speak at the awards breakfast that recognizes faculty, administrators and staff nationwide for their creativity, innovation and leadership on campus and in the community. AAWCC is the largest affiliated council of the American Association of Community Colleges.

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Marggy Pereira

Elbridge Gale Elementary School

What started as a project in the Movie Making Club for fourth and fifth grade students at Elbridge Gale Elementary School turned into a VIP ticket to the White House.

Students took the trip of a lifetime with their teacher, Marggy Pereira, to the White House Student Film Festival after their film “The World That Exists” was selected to be featured at the film festival.

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Melody Vela

Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary School

Melody Vela, an Early Childhood specialist at Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary School, was recently named a 2016 Javits-Frasier Scholar by the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC).

The Javits-Frasier Scholars Program recognizes passionate, innovative educators who work in districts that serve students from low-income and minority populations that are historically underrepresented in gifted education.

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2017 Volunteer and Business Partners Awards

More than 600 volunteers,
business partners and community leaders

More than 600 volunteers, business partners and community leaders were honored for donating their time and money to schools throughout the School District of Palm Beach County, during the annual Volunteer and Business Partners Awards breakfast. The event recognized the District’s outstanding volunteers and school-based programs, as well as the contributions by business partners. The volunteers and business partners were nominated by schools for recognition, and winners are selected by a District committee.

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2016 Dwyer Awards Recipeints

Six Different Public and Private
Schools in Palm Beach County

The Dwyer Awards, an annual program supported by the business community, honors outstanding educators from public and private schools in Palm Beach County. The program has increased awareness of the exemplary teaching in our community. Jamie Lawrie from Bak Middle School of the Arts received the Middle School Education Award, Nancy Howard from North Grade Elementary School received the Special Programs Award, John Bowers from Suncoast High School received the Career Education Award, Lisa Innerst from Marsh Point Elementary School received the Elementary Education Award, William Bartenslager from Palm Beach Central High School received the Senior High Education Award, and Marilynn Pedek Howard from Dreyfoos School of the Arts received the STEM Education Award.

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Bruce Arbeit

Palm Beach State College

Arbeit, the clinical coordinator for PBSC’s Paramedic and EMT programs, was chosen as Chief of the Year. The battalion chief for Battalion Two in Wellington, he was selected out of about 50 others with the rank of chief, including district, deputy and administrative chiefs. Arbeit has been with PBC Fire-Rescue since 1977 and is a past recipient of several “of the Year” awards in various capacities as well as distinguished service honors. He joined the College as an instructor in 1999 and became the clinical coordinator in 2001. In this role, he oversees the students’ clinical rotations at local hospitals and fire-rescue departments. Arbeit manages the clinical sites and all aspects the students’ field experience, ensuring that they master all required skills.

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Robert Sherman

Director of Rosarian Academy’s Theater Arts Program

Robert always wanted to be a teacher, but after a while, he left teaching to become an actor. He tried juggling the two careers for a while, acting while pursuing his master’s degree in education. One day 17 years ago, he learned that Rosarian needed a social studies and drama teacher. Sherman’s ambitious performing arts program at Rosarian involves many members of the school community, students and staff. His program has sent students on to prestigious college acting programs. "Experiences in the arts nurture imagination and creativity. It develops confidence and enhances analytical and critical thinking, and there is a joy in performance; hearing the sound of the applause makes all of the hard work and the commitment of students and their parents worthwhile."

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William Barbre and Patricia Drake

Palm Beach State College’s
Emergency Medical Services department

William Barbre and Patricia Drake of Palm Beach State College’s Emergency Medical Services department were recognized Friday with Distinguished Service Awards from the Palm Beach County EMS Providers Association. Drake is an administrative assistant II for the EMS department, and Barbre is a clinical lead instructor for the Paramedic program, working out of the Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, one of the program’s clinical sites.

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