2022 Dwyer Awards
The William T. Dwyer Awards for Excellence in Education is an annual program of the Economic Council of Palm Beach County Foundation, recognizing outstanding educators from public and private schools in Palm Beach County. The program seeks to increase awareness of the exemplary teaching in our community, while supporting educators and schools with financial awards and encouraging residents to promote high standards of excellence in education.
Awards are given in seven categories: Grow Up Great: Early Learning Education, Elementary Education, Middle School Education, Senior High Education, Student Advancement & Career Education, Special Programs, and STEM Education.
Applicants are judged on their classroom accomplishments, personal education philosophy, leadership and outside of the classroom school-related or community-based activities. Our judges – nearly 100 business leaders from Palm Beach County evaluate each application in a multi-round judging process and are tasked with the difficult mission to narrow down the applications to only 28 finalists, to ultimately seven winners – one in each category.
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2022 William T. Dwyer Awards for Excellence in Education
2022 Dwyer Awards Winners & Finalists
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2022 WINNERS & FINALISTS
The Economic Council of Palm Beach County Foundation hosted the 38th Annual William T. Dwyer Awards for Excellence in Education presented by The Hanley Foundation on May 10. Hundreds gathered for the 2022 Dwyer Awards ceremony at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach that celebrated local educators. Seven award recipients were announced and honored, along with all 28 finalists, nominees, and past recipients.
The 2022 Dwyer Award winners for Excellence in Education included:
Grow Up Great-Early Education: Barbara Boehringer, pre-kindergarten teacher at Palm Beach Gardens Elementary
Elementary Education: Katherine Kovalsky, music teacher at Royal Palm Beach Elementary School
Middle School Education: Annette Johnson, music teacher at Palm Beach Day Academy
Senior High Education: Geri Grocki, AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) teacher at Boynton Beach High School
STEM Education: Scott Lehman, Crosspointe Elementary
Student Advancement and Career Education: Jill Williams, speech-language pathologist for students K-12 at Royal Palm School
Special Programs: John Miller, teacher for students with autism at Watson B. Duncan Middle School in Palm Beach Gardens.
CONGRATULATIONS DWYER WINNERS!
Our 2022 Finalists:
2022 Dwyer Awards for Excellence in Education
2022 Dwyer Awards Timeline
DECEMBER 1, 2021: 2022 NOMINATIONS OPEN
APRIL 1, 2021: FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
DECEMBER 17, 2021: NOMINATIONS CLOSED
DECEMBER 23, 2021: APPLICATION PROCESS OPENS
FEBRUARY 1, 2022: APPLICATIONS DUE
APRIL 1, 2022: FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
MAY 10, 2022: DWYER AWARDS @ THE KRAVIS CENTER