Education Awards

What: Palm Beach Illustrated’s Education Awards will recognize individuals and organizations making an impact on education in the Palm Beaches. Consistent with Palm Beach Illustrated magazine’s commitment to literacy and the advancement of education, this annual program is a celebration of the diversity, innovation, and collaborative spirit of our academic community. Awards will be presented in three categories:

Educator of the Year This award will be given to a Palm Beach County educator whose course materials have had a significant impact on students and peers, and who has demonstrated best and/or innovative educational practices in the classroom.


    • Denise Ponchock, The Benjamin School
    • Sandra Algarin, Grandview Preparatory School
    • Kimberly Palacios-Rolston, The Greene School
    • Mark Risisky, Glades Central Community High School
    • Ariana Murphy, Belle Glade Elementary
    • Shaundrika Taylor, Congress Middle School
    • Juliany Denis, Greenacres Elementary School

Outstanding Academic Program This honor will be awarded to a single program at a Palm Beach County academic institution. Award criteria include learning outcomes, impact on students and the community, and level of innovation.


    • Skaggs Graduate School of Chemical and Biological Sciences at Scripps Research
    • Engineering Program at The Benjamin School
    • Prestigious National Scholarship Program at Palm Beach Atlantic University
    • Educate Tomorrow at Florida Atlantic University

Award for Institutional Excellence This award will be presented to a Palm Beach County institution that has demonstrated exemplary achievements in academic excellence and student success, has championed diversity and inclusion, and has effectively engaged in community outreach and partnerships.


    • Rohi’s Readery
    • The Benjamin School
    • Palm Beach County School District
    • Urban Youth Impact
    • Center for Creative Education

When: September 9, 2021
Reception: 5:30 – 6:15 p.m.
Panel Discussion and Awards Ceremony: 6:15 – 7:30 p.m.

Where: Hilton West Palm Beach 600 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach FL  33401

How to dress:  Business attire