Three Local Teachers Among The Finalists For 2021 Dwyer Awards

The Economic Council of Palm Beach County Foundation recently announced 28 finalists for the 37th annual William T. Dwyer Awards for Excellence in Education, presented by the Hanley Foundation.

Included among the finalists were three from local schools: Randi Schietz of Binks Forest Elementary School in the category of Student Advancement & Career Education; Syndie White of Elbridge Gale Elementary School in the category of STEM Education; and Alyssa Arterburn of Wellington Landings Middle School in the category of Middle School Education.

The Dwyer Awards, an annual program developed in 1984 and supported by the Economic Council, honors outstanding educators from public and private schools in Palm Beach County, increases awareness of the exemplary teaching, supports educators with financial awards and encourages all residents to promote high standards for excellence in education.

“The Economic Council of Palm Beach County has had the unique opportunity to honor remarkable teachers in our community for the past 37 years,” said Michele Jacobs, president and CEO of Economic Council. “In what has been a unique and most challenging year, we are continually grateful for our teachers and their commitment to our students. A light will be shined on their passion, perseverance and resilience during this special awards event.”

The seven categories for the 2021 Dwyer Awards include: Elementary Education, Early Learning Education, Middle School Education, High School Education, STEM Education, Special Programs and Student Advancement & Career Education.

The 2021 Dwyer Awards will be a virtual experience for the second year in a row. The award recipients will be announced and honored along with all finalists, nominees and past recipients at the Dwyer Awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 25 at 6 p.m. via Facebook @DwyerAwards. For more info., visit

Established in 1975, the Economic Council of Palm Beach County is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that supports an open and collaborative relationship between the public and private sectors in Palm Beach County. Membership of the council is comprised of a diverse mix of different industries of varying sizes in the area whose leaders have an active and influential role in the community.