Elinor Adler Pat On The Back Award

The Broward County Council of PTA/PTSAs (BCCPTA/PTSA) recognizes teachers and non-instructional staff in Broward County public schools who have gone above and beyond for Broward County students. If you know of someone who deserves this recognition, please nominate them!

To complete the Nomination Application, scroll below to the online nomination and then follow the submission instructions on the form.

Feel free to contact pobchair@browardptsa.org for more information about our Pat on the Back Award.

Instructional Excellence Winner


Ms. Jennifer Moser

Glades Middle School



Instructional Merit 



Instructional Honorable Mention 

Non-Instructional Excellence Winner 


Assistant Principal Mr. John Tienjaroonkul 

Everglades High School



Non-Instructional Merit 



Non-Instructional Honorable Mention 

The 2023 Pat on the Back Award Ceremony 

held at Sunrise Middle School, on 

April 27, 2023 6:30-8:30pm

A Big Shout Out to ALL the Nominees


Quiet Waters Elementary PTA - Erin Herbster

Sunrise Middle School PTA - Glinda Townsley

Panther Run Elementary PTA - Nicole Williams-Roulhac

Eagle Point Elementary PTA - Brenda Samaniego

Glades Middle School PTSA - Jennifer Moser

Horizon Elementary PTA - Craig Guy

Griffin Elementary PTA - Angela Keller

Coral Cove Elementary PTA - Maria Garcia

Lakeside Elementary PTA - Stacey Wichmann

Margate Middle School PTA - Lucas Mathews

Cooper City High PTSA - Heidi Dermer

Challenger Elementary PTA - Tiffany Spence

Pembroke Pines West Middle School PTA - Connie Laurent

Championship Academy of Distinction - Hollywood PTSA - 

Gerronia Figgs

Sea Castle Elementary PTA - Gina Chandler

Sunset Lakes Elementary PTSA - Daphane Shaw

Western High School PTSA - Robert Frank


Quiet Waters Elementary PTA - Geoff Henning

Sunrise Middle School PTSA - DJ Griffin

Panther Run Elementary PTA - Zack Parker

Monarch High School PTSA - James Cecil

Eagle Point Elementary PTA - Marilu Negron

Griffin Elementary PTA - SRO Derrick Gordon

Glades Middle School PTSA - Daniela Fatout

Everglades High PTSA - John Tienjaroonkul

Horizon Elementary PTA - Caroline Albano

Lakeside Elementary PTA - Marjorie Archer

Coral Cove Elementary PTA - Stephanie Saban

Pembroke Pines Charter Elementary West PTA -Keith Cowvins

Pembroke Pines West Middle School PTA - Mr. Keith Cowvins - IT Manager

Challenger PTA - Kim Boyland

CAD PTSA Hollywood - Michelle Alexis

Sea Castle Elementary PTA - Gina Kerkerian

Sunset Lakes Elementary PTSA - Stephanie Wilson

Western High School PTSA - David Pereira

Lyons Creek Middle School PTSA - Mr. Walter Vogel

Nomination Applications Window - Closed April 16, 2023


“Pat on the Back” began in 2001, when a conversation started amongst Broward County Council PTA and the School Board about teachers being nominated and voted on by their peers as “Teacher of the Year" for their schools. That year, our county, Broward, was honored with a teacher who went all the way to State, and now a Principal, Joe Balchunas. The following year, Broward County had another teacher of the year go to the State level as well. As a PTA, we were very proud of these 2 individuals and all the teachers before them.   

All our instructional and non-instructional staff are special to the PTA, as they are the ones that make a difference in the education of our children, year after year. Everyone in a school works together for one reason - the children and that is what PTA is all about!  That is when a committee was formed by then Broward County Council PTA President, Donna Claussen and Chaired by Elinor Adler.  Elinor thought all teachers should be recognized, by not just their peers, but parents and students as well.  It is our children who reap the benefits of the knowledge and experience that their teachers have to offer.


Because of Elinor’s foresight, in that instance “Pat on the Back” was born, acknowledging all teachers by their parents, peers and students. This program sparked interest in Broward County PTA Schools like wildfire; and in keeping with the rich traditions and history of the Broward County Council PTA, over the past 14 years we have honored hundreds of teachers from PTA/PTSAs.


Thanks to Elinor, PTA schools can recognize their instructional and non-instructional staff for going above and beyond and giving our children the knowledge to succeed in life.  Thank you, to our Instructional and Non-Instructional Staff!