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​​​​​​​​​​Message From The Publisher

Let’s take our hats off to all 11 Wellington public schools for the wonderful accomplishment of being named A-rated schools. Wellington The Magazine spoke with all of the school principals to discuss the success of their individual schools. Not surprisingly, they gave much of the credit to their teachers.
   As the return to school draws near, many parents and educators are exploring new ways and options to provide the best possible scenario in allowing children to continue on in their educational journey in unprecedented times. We spoke to several area schools to discuss the online and virtual components that have become the “new normal” for most Wellington students. At American Heritage School, we look into the highly successful internet-based summer education program. At Education Place, we learn how this school catering to individualized learning was uniquely set up to deal with the current COVID-19 crisis. At Neighborhood Kids, we learn how Wellington’s oldest preschool is now offering a kindergarten program for the first time. Finally, we discover how some parents have been exploring other options, like Florida Virtual School.
     The 2020 Wellington High School boys lacrosse team, perhaps the best in school history, had their season cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic. This month, we spotlight the eight amazing seniors who made up the core of the team. We also salute Katherine Oung and Ashley Kulberg of Wellington, two amazing young women chosen for Bank of America’s prestigious Student Leaders program.
     This issue, we learn more about Wellington Bay, a new independent living community under construction near the Mall at Wellington Green that offers seniors a great option to live life to its fullest in a maintenance-free lifestyle. We also profile cardiologist Dr. Rishi Panchal, an advanced peripheral vascular specialist who recently opened a practice on the campus of Palms West Hospital. Finally, we salute Grant Ganzi and Teri Klotz, winners of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man & Woman of the Year competitions.
     As we go to press, Palm Beach County has delayed the start of the new academic year until Aug. 31, and then plans to begin with remote learning. We are hoping for the best as each family makes the best decision available for their children. In this unparalleled situation, we have to keep our faith, and to quote the movie Frozen II, we must rise, take a step and just do the next right thing. Here’s wishing a successful school year to all of our Wellington students.

​​​​​​​Dawn Rivera,Publisher ​​​​​​​​​


​​​Dawn Rivera

BACK TO SCHOOL 2020: Celebrating Schools
& Exploring New Educational Possibilities

​​​executive editor
Joshua I. Manning

Dawn Rivera

senior graphic designer
Stephanie Rodriguez

graphic designers
Nancy Pobiak
Yolanda Cernicky

account managers
​Betty Buglio
Evie Edwards
Joetta Palumbo

Jill Kaskel

Carol Lieberman

Abner Pedraza


Matthew Auerbach
Meredith Burow
Denise Fleischman
Melanie Hoffman
Melanie Kopacz
Mike May
Callie Sharkey
M. Dennis Taylor
Y.A. Teitelbaum
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