Teacher of the Year

Today I would like to recognize the district teacher of the year.  This is a well-deserved recognition of your hard work, dedication, and commitment to excellence in education. This teacher is a veteran educator who has dedicated her career to working with young people.  This teacher has a passion for her content area and shares the enthusiasm she has for it with her students.  When I stop in her room, I am often amazed at the level of work that the students are able to produce…and students tell me that they learn a lot in her class.  You will often see her in the halls laughing and chatting with students or her colleagues.

In addition to her teaching skills, she has also demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities. She has helped other teachers, sharing her knowledge and expertise to help them improve their teaching skills. She has also been an active participant in school activities and events, always willing to lend a helping hand.

There are many days she stops in and offers her help…whether it is for coverage or something work related.  This year, we all know has been challenging and we have seen a turn over in her department that might have otherwise affected students.  She willingly stepped up and helped with instruction and grading and the students did not miss a beat.  Not once was there a complaint…it was –  don’t worry – we will get through it.  The willingness to pitch in and help was an enormous help and appreciated more than she will know.

And this is just her normal response to things…she is a doer and a fixer.  She helps students, she helps her colleagues, and all while juggling her marriage and family.  We have enjoyed being part of the announcement of her first baby and now watching little Nora grow and drive her mother crazy….but a good crazy.

It is my honor and distinct privilege to announce the the Rhode Island Nurses Institute Teacher of the Year – Mrs. Kristen Coyne.