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Dwyer Awards


2024 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.

Congratulations to the 2024 Dwyer Awards Winners!

Exceptional Student Education
Jessica Maharrey
Student Support & Advancement
Janell Leatherman
Growing Up Great: Early Learning Education
Nathalee English
Elementary Education
Lois Gray
Middle School Education
Shakendra Moorer
Senior High Education
Kimberly Coyle
STEM Education
Claudia Chavarria

2024 Dwyer Finalists

2024 Dwyer Awards Finalist Names

2024 Dwyer Finalist Reception Photos