Nine Key West High School (KWHS) teachers have been awarded a total of $65,000 through the distinguished “David Wolkowsky 2016 Teachers of Merit Awards.” Key West philanthropist and businessman David Wolkowsky gives the awards annually to teachers who go the extra mile in their passion for teaching and dedication to students.

The 2016 Teacher of the Year was awarded to Enrrique (Henry) Boza. He received $25,000 and a bronze plaque. Mr. Boza is a Spanish teacher.

Eight other Teachers of Merit each received $5,000:

  • Raymond Archer (Career Technical Education, Information Technology)
  • Traci Culiver (Social Studies)
  • Tami Dannacker (Exceptional Student Education)
  • James (Jimmy) Forbus (Career Technical Education, Health Careers)
  • Jane McGill (Social Studies)
  • Kaci Sublette (English)
  • Dennis Whaley (Math)
  • Judd Wise (Health and Physical Education)
Left to right: Tracy Culiver, Dennis Whaley (in back), Jane McGill, Judd Wise, Henry Boza, Kaci Sublette, Tami Dannacker, and Raymond Archer, with Mr. Wolkowsky (seated). Not pictured: James Forbus.

Left to right: Tracy Culiver, Dennis Whaley (in back), Jane McGill, Judd Wise, Henry Boza, Kaci Sublette, Tami Dannacker, and Raymond Archer, with Mr. Wolkowsky (seated). Not pictured: James Forbus.

CFFK administers the awards. “The Community Foundation is pleased to work with Mr. Wolkowsky, who is focusing his generous philanthropy on educators,” said Dianna Sutton, President and CEO of the Community Foundation. “His gift supports teachers who give freely of their time, energy and expertise to encourage and counsel students.”

The David Wolkowsky Teachers of Merit Awards have been given since 2001. Recipients are selected by the school administration, based on the teachers’ contributions in and out of the classroom.

Watch a new video about the “David Wolkowsky Teachers of Merit Awards” below. (Video produced by Charles Greenfield.)