RPB Rotary Honors Teacher From Western Academy

Tony Englert with winning teacher Wendy Crown.

The Rotary Club of Royal Palm Beach has been extremely active in the community this month.

On April 8, a contingent of club leaders visited the award-winning Western Academy Charter School to present the Crystal Apple Award to the teacher of the year in Royal Palm Beach.

Tony Englert, who has chaired the event for more than 25 years, presented the award to Western Academy math teacher Wendy Crown. Crown has done a superlative job raising student scores on math tests, according to Principal Linda Terranova.

Additionally, the Rotary Club of Royal Palm Beach will honor Royal Palm Beach schools at the annual Rotary Tribute Dinner, which will be held on Saturday, April 27 at 6 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center.

The annual tribute dinners began in 2016, when late Royal Palm Beach Mayor Matty Mattioli was honored upon his retirement from village service. The 2017 event honored Victoria and Jess Santamaria for their contributions to the community. Last year, the honor went to Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Mike Gauger in honor of his almost 50 years as a law enforcement official.

Rotary President Jeff Hmara said that this year the club saw a unique opportunity to honor the schools of Royal Palm Beach for the tremendous job they do in educating children and partnering with parents to develop well-educated and responsible citizens. “Our schools, principals, teachers and coaches deserve recognition for the leadership and skills they provide educating our kids during the K-12 educational process,” he said.

The Rotary Tribute Committee is chaired by Roland Amateis. He is being assisted by Jeff Hmara, Keith Jordano, Lynn Balch, Donielle Pinto, Lorna Kernizan, Steve Epstein and Dan Splain.

During the event, there will be videos and presentations by the schools being honored and tributes from the community. Tickets are available from committee members at $50 per ticket or $400 per table of eight.

Sponsorships and program advertising are also available. Learn more at www.rpbrotary.org or call Dan Splain at (561) 282-6800 or Lynn Balch at (561) 601-7297.