April 5, 2019

2019 William T. Dwyer Awards presented by Hanley Foundation

presented by


2019 Dwyer Award Winners (pictured left to Right):  Kevin Simmons (STEM Education), Karen Epstein (Career Education), Marcia Arena (Elementary Education), Jan Cairns (Dwyer Presenting Sponsor, Hanley Foundation), Rachel Docekal (Dwyer Awards Chairwoma), Michele Jacobs (Economic Council of Palm Beach County Foundation, Inc. President and CEO), Paul Destito (Middle School Education), Dorothy Schroader (Senior High School Education), Jaimee Stamile (Special Programs Education).


On May 15, 2019, The Kravis Center theater was filled with educational leadership, supporters, family, friends and many talented teachers from all levels of learning.  The 35th annual William T. Dwyer Awards was a huge success – and it made the front page of the Palm Beach Post!

So without further ado, The Economic Council of Palm Beach County Foundation, Inc. is honored to present the WINNERS of the 2019 William T. Dwyer Awards for Excellence in Education.  

Name Category School
Marcia Arena Elementary School Education Banyan Creek Elementary
Paul Destito Middle School Education Jupiter Middle School
Dorothy Schroader Senior High School Education Santaluces High School
Kevin Simmons STEM Education The Weiss School
Karen Epstein Career Education Wellington Landings Middle School
Jaimee Stamile Special Programs Bak Middle School of the Arts

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. 


We received hundreds of applications for the 35th Annual 2019 Dwyer Awards.  The applicants were inspiring, and we heard incredible stories of passion, perseverance, and creativity. Entrants spanned across Palm Beach County and represented education of every kind from both public and private schools.


Applicants were judged on their classroom accomplishments, personal education philosophy, leadership and outside of the classroom school-related or community-based activities.  To all the educators who entered: Thank you for sharing your story with us – you have inspired us with your dedication to ensuring excellence for our students.  Our judges – nearly 80 business leaders from Palm Beach County –  worked tirelessly to read and evaluate each and every entry and were tasked with the difficult mission to narrow down the applications to only 31 finalists, to ultimately six winners – one in each category.

Dwyer Awards Coordinator:  Natalie Carron
ncarron@ec-pbc.org or 684-1551