Great Teachers are Recognized!
Anyone remember President Dwight D. Eisenhower? One of his many initiatives was to establish a national teacher of the year program to recognize the importance of teachers as nurturers of the “American Dream.” His dream was to honor all teachers by selecting one teacher from across the United States to represent all teachers. He did so by establishing the National Teacher of the Year Program in 1952 which continues to be the oldest, most prestigious national honors program that focuses on excellence in teaching. Each state submits one worthy candidate to be nominated for the National Teacher of the Year. Each state designs their selection process. This school year the Rhode Island Department of Education has asked each of the 38 districts in the state to nominate a teacher for this honor.
Earlier today, the central office administrators, members of the school committee, school leaders, joined the faculty of Garden City Elementary School to surprise one of their teachers, Mrs. Stephanie DiChiro as Cranston’s Teacher of the Year. You could hear the applause throughout the building. Mrs. DiChiro is an outstanding first grade teacher and is a master of her craft.
There are 957 excellent educators in Cranston. This is just one program that honors teachers who have selected teaching as their career. This week alone I have been notified that two other teachers have been recognized by national organizations for their contributions to our students. Steven Scappaticci, a Bain Middle School teacher, has been selected to receive the Veterans of Foreign Wars Teacher of the Year (Middle School) award to be presented to him on June 6th. Mr. Scappaticci promotes civic responsibility, and patriotism through his innovative teaching and use of resources. He models democratic values and beliefs and community service. This award is presented annually to an educator who demonstrates outstanding teaching skills, patriotism, and dedication to the well-being of learners, colleagues and the veterans in the community.
Ms. Karen Letendre, a physical education teacher who travels to Woodridge, Hope Highlands and Orchard Farms has been recognized by Adventure to Fitness for her extraordinary commitment to keeping kids active during the 2012-2013 school year.
Our teachers are truly champions. Teachers are working hard to increase academic success and to narrow the achievement gaps. Each and every day they work to engage students through their dedication to the profession.