Best teachers who adapted to pandemic

WEST PALM BEACH — Another challenging year for educators culminated in collective celebration Tuesday evening as the Dwyer Awards for Excellence in Education were presented in person for the first time in two years.

Seven teachers rose to the top of a field of 28 finalists.

The best of the best represent Royal Palm Beach Elementary School, Palm Beach Gardens Elementary, Palm Beach Day Academy, Boynton Beach High School, Watson B. Duncan Middle School, Crosspointe Elementary School and Royal Palm School.

From 2021:Seven teachers – 4 in the Glades – earn coveted Dwyer Award

From 2020:Dwyer Awards: Top PBC teachers recognized for passion, innovation in the classroom

Since 2019:Dwyer Awards: 6 top teachers in Palm Beach County take a bow

Boynton Beach Community High School teaches Geri Grocki struts off stage with her crystal trophy during the the Dwyer Awards for Excellence ceremony at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. Grocki has been a teacher for 40 years and is nearing retirement, she said.  Grocki was recognized in the senior high school education category.

Here are the winners of the 2022 Dwyer Awards for Excellence in Education:

Early Learning Education: Barbara Boehringer

Barbara Boehringer’s pre-kindergarten classroom at Palm Beach Gardens Elementary isn’t just filled with instruction and activities, it’s also a microcosm of life.

Students complete classroom jobs on a rotating basis, and prior to the pandemic she put on pumpkin carving and tea parties with students’ parents and guardians, a December holiday show and led fun experiments like leaf rubbing. Last year, many of those activities transitioned to Zoom.

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