Teacher of the Year: Waters Edge, Sunrise Park & Sandpiper Shores

This is the first of a series of articles recognizing teacher of the year award winners in West Boca.
The Palm Beach County School District recently held an award ceremony with the Rotary Club of Boca Raton Sunrise to recognize outstanding teachers in Boca Raton schools. The videos are also available in higher resolution on the West Boca News YouTube channel.
Lindsay Ackerman-Conway was named Teacher of the Year at Waters Edge Elementary School, recognized in particular for her work with struggling readers.

Rachel Smith was recognized for Sunrise Park Elementary School, also for her work with the “most challenging students.”

Sandpiper Shores Elementary School chose Kristen Stern, who attended the school as a child.

Thanks to the school district for providing the videos, and our compliments for the excellent production quality of the originals.

Sandpiper Shores Alumni Event

Sandpiper Shore Elementary School recently hosted an alumni event to commemorate the school’s 25th year. The event brought together many alumni and faculty from the school’s history. In fact, there were several alumni that are presently teachers at Sandpiper. The school’s original assistant principal, Ira Margulies, was in attendance and he gave a memorable speech regarding his fond memories of his time at Sandpiper. Also in attendance was former Sandpiper Shores principal Reginald Myers, who is the current principal of Park Vista High School in Lake Worth.
A time capsule was opened that contained a student roll showing the signature of every student from the 1989-1990 school year. The time capsule also contained a copy of the Palm Beach Post, a playlist from FM 96.5, as well as school memorabilia including hats and clothing bearing the Sandpiper Shores logo. Overall, it was a great event that brought back many memories for the faculty and alumni, including the author of this article. Although social media provides an opportunity to stay in touch with childhood friends through cyberspace, alumni events like this illustrate there is no substitute for an in-person reunion.

Arial view of Sandpiper Shores in 1989
Arial view of Sandpiper Shores in 1989