Outstanding Educator Award, 2009
Professor [Karen] Pain has been a remarkable influence on not just my math success here at PBCC, but also many other students past and present. Her outstanding ability to teach the necessary fundamentals of prep algebra is truly remarkable. I believe that hard work and dedication in a difficult, and sometimes frustrating, line of work should be recognized — and Professor Pain definitely deserves that recognition.
Daniel Hill, Student
Palm Beach Community College
Student Essay Award, 2011
I am a 37-year-old male of Puerto Rican descent, born in a poor section of New York. Being poor and part of a minority has helped make me a more compassionate member of society and work harder to change my status about being poor and not let it dictate who I will become. When I was two months old, my mother took me to Puerto Rico to visit her family; while there, I contracted polio. This left me sentenced to a wheel chair for thirteen years and affected the right side of my brain, as well as my right arm and leg. My mother fed me through a tube, which was traumatic for her; however, we had a wonderful and magical relationship.
Student, Miami-Dade College