The Founders’ Alumni Award recognizes alumni who have helped to fulfill the vision of the founders of the Palmer, Trinity, and Palmer Trinity Schools. It is awarded to individuals who have been deeply concerned about Palmer Trinity School and who have demonstrated honor, courage and leadership. Through loyal attitude, inspired spirit and unselfish action, they have fulfilled the mission of Palmer Trinity School.

The Head of School’s Alumni Award recognizes distinguished service to the community that exemplifies our values - commitment to the moral, spiritual, intellectual, physical and creative growth of all members of our community. Palmer Trinity is an Episcopal School dedicated to promoting academic excellence and inspiring students to lead lives of virtue, humanity, and spirit.

Nominate an alum you know that fits the spirit and service described in either of these awards below.
2017 Founders' Alumni Award presented to:
Brittney (Hoffman) McCabe '99
Presenter: AdriannaTruby, Academic Dean
As a student at Palmer Trinity School, Brittney is remembered as an excellent and engaging student, involved with many areas of school life. She thrived in the most challenging courses while balancing leadership positions in student activities and  cheerleading. After graduating from Smith College with a degree in Political Science, she earned a master's degree in Gender Studies at George Washington  University. Brittney served for many years in the social justice and nonprofit sectors before returning to Palmer Trinity as a passionate educator. She teaches sixth grade World Cultures and  brings her depth of experience and insight to the classroom.
Brittney always remained close to her Palmer Trinity schoolmates, to her teachers, and to the fledgling Alumni Office. For over a decade, she has volunteered for nearly every Alumni opportunity offered, including  Alumni College and Career Day, the Admission Advisory Committee, as a Class Agent, the Alumni Annual Fund and ultimately serving on the inaugural Alumni Association Board. Brittney and her wife, Kara, have one child and they reside in Miami.

2017 Head of School's Alumni Award presented to:
Jan (Risi) Field '77
Presenter: CraigZimmett '77
Palmer School was newly-founded when Jan and her classmates attended. With her engaging personality and involvement in school activities, Jan gained respect from her classmates and teachers. She truly helped to shape the close­-knit community of Palmer. After graduation, she earned a double major from DePauw University and a Master's degree from UCLA.
Jan began a career in agri-business and commodities. She worked for large- and small-scale companies before identifying a niche in the market where she could make a difference with a new business. In 1996, she began her own company, Independent Purchasing Cooperative, now a global leader in the quick-service food industry. As CEO and President, Jan oversees the purchasing for 78,000 Subway franchises all over the world.
Jan has been recognized by her alma mater De Pauw University and  by the Miami Herald as a "great visionary" in her business. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Coral Gables Trust  and gives back of her time to mentor young people interested in her business.  As a former Palmer Pirate, Jan has volunteered to plan and host reunions for our Alumni from the 70s.  Jan and her husband, Jim, have one grown son and live in Pinecrest.

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Founder's Alumni Award Nominee's Information
Head of School's Alumni Award Nominee's Information
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Previous Award Recipients:

List of 5 items.

  • 2017

    Brittney (Hoffman) McCabe ‘99, Founders’ Alumni Award
    Jan (Risi) Field ‘77, Head of School’s Alumni Award
  • 2016

    Nathan Zeder ‘98, Founders’ Alumni Award
    Daniel Diaz Leyva ‘98, Head of School’s Alumni Award
  • 2015

    Beth (Brockway) Serrate ’85, Founder’s Award
    Brian Alonso ’97, Head of School’s Award
  • 2014

    Evans (Dunwody) Crews ’91, Founder’s Award
    Tom Magenheimer ’78, Head of School’s Award
  • 2013

    Lynley (Walker) Ciorobea ’96, Founder’s Award
    Patrick E. Murphy ’01, Head of School’s Award
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