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Sameer Hinduja, Ph.D.

Professor, School of Criminology & Criminal Justice,
Florida Atlantic University

Sameer Hinduja, Ph.D., is recognized is recognized internationally for his groundbreaking work on the subjects of cyberbullying and safe social media use, concerns that have paralleled the exponential growth in online communication by young people. He works with the U.S. Department of Education and many state departments of education to improve their policies and programming related to the prevention and response of teen technology misuse. He has written seven books, the most recent being “Bullying Today: Bullet Points and Best Practices” and the award-winning “Bullying beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying.” Outside of research and evaluation expertise, Dr. Hinduja provides training to schools, youth organizations, parents, and teens on how to avoid online victimization and its real-world consequences. He is frequently asked to provide expert commentary by news organizations, and his work has been featured in venues that include CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” NPR’s “All Things Considered,” the BBC and The New York Times.

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PBSC STEM Professors

Three STEM professors to receive NISOD Excellence Awards

Palm Beach State College science professors Dr. Gokarna Gharti-Chhetri and Dr. Tod Fairbanks and math professor Alex Opritsa have been chosen to receive an Excellence Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development. They will travel to Austin, Texas to receive their medallion award at the NISOD’s annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence.

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David Alfonso

Principal of Palm Beach Lakes Community High School

David Alfonso, principal of Palm Beach Lakes Community High School, is the 2018-19 Principal of the Year for the School District of Palm Beach County. 

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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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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 at the 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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