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, while supporting educators and schools with financial awards and encouraging residents to promote high standards of excellence in education.
Special Programs Award: Douglas Battle, Bak Middle School of the Arts
Middle School Education Award: Lumarid Burgos-Rivera, Okeeheelee Middle School
Career Education Award: Todd LaVogue, Watson B. Duncan Middle School
Elementary Education Award: Kelly Jo Mills, Wellington Elementary School
Senior High Education Award: C. Kevin Turner, Spanish River Community High School
The William T. Dwyer Awards for Excellence in Education was established in 1985 to honor outstanding educators from public and private schools in Palm Beach County. Teachers from across the county are nominated by their peers at individual schools in one of five categories: Elementary Education, Middle School, Senior High, Special Programs and Career Education.
The Dwyer Awards is a joint project of the Economic Council of Palm Beach County and the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County to honor dedicated public and private school teachers and their quest to improve education throughout the state of Florida. It is held annually at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. A selection committee chooses five finalists for each category. A judging committee interviews each of the finalists and then a winner is selected in each category. Aside from awards for the finalists and winners, each school with a winning teacher will receive an award for the school to use for educational purposes.
Nominees are selected by their peers from each school. Through a rigorous judging process, a panel of business and community leaders dedicated to education screens each application multiple times with the five finalists from each category selected through face-to-face interviews. Each award recipient receives $3,000 and a crystal award. The remaining 20 finalists are recognized with a framed certificate and a $500 check. All nominees, finalists, and award recipients will be honored at a reception and ceremony on Thursday, May 21, 2016, at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.
• Since 1985, 156 teachers have received a Dwyer Award.
• Many Dwyer recipients are now Principals and Administrative Department Heads.
• Each year, over 50 business executives volunteer to judge the hundreds of applications received.
• In 2016, the Dwyer Awards Committee added a 6th award category: STEM Education.
Established in 1985 by the Economic Council of Palm Beach County, the William T. Dwyer Awards will celebrate 32 years of recognizing outstanding achievement by teachers in Palm Beach County in 2016.