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Educator Recognition

RIDE coordinates the selection and recognition of several award programs: the Rhode Island Teacher of the Year, the Rhode Island Principal of the Year, Milken Family Foundation Educator Awards, the Presidential Awards in Mathematics and Science as well as the Golden Apple™ Awards.

The links below contain more information about these awards and profiles of current and past winners.

Invitation to A Salute to Educators on September 23 hashtag SaluteRIeducators

NEW!! All invited to a celebration of educator excellence on September 23 at WaterFire


This year RIDE will honor Rhode Island educators for their outstanding service and dedication to the education profession and to Rhode Island students at “WaterFire: A Salute to Rhode Island Educators.” This event will be held on Saturday, September 23, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., in downtown Providence.

This family-oriented event will include an awards ceremony and a procession featuring the honored educators, culminating with a “Ring of Fire” at the basin in downtown Providence. The reception begins at 4:00 p.m., followed by the Award Ceremony. The event will begin at 5:00 p.m. at Memorial Park (at the corner of North Main and College Street), with registration starting at 3:30 p.m.

All are welcome to attend the celebration to support our Rhode Island educators. Please share this announcement and downloadable WaterFire 2017 flyer with your staff, colleagues, networks, and neighbors.

We hope to see you there as we recognize many of Rhode Island’s outstanding educators:

  • 2017 Superintendent of the Year
  • 2017 Principals and Assistant Principals of the Year
  • 2017 School Social Worker of the Year
  • 2017 School Nurse Teacher of the Year
  • 2017 School Psychologist of the Year
  • 2017 School Counselor of the Year
  • 2017 Adult Educator of the Year
  • 2017 School Business Official of the Year
  • 2017 Speech Language Pathologist of the Year
  • 2017 Outstanding Mathematics Teacher of the Year
  • 2017 Amedeo DeRobbio Mathematics Memorial Award
  • 2017 Mathematics Rookie Teacher of the Year
  • 2017 CTE Cosmetology Administrator of the Year
  • 2017 CTE Cosmetology Director of the Year
  • 2017 State Finalists Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching
  • 2017 State Finalists Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching
  • 2017 Milken Educator Award
  • 2017-18 Rhode Island District Teachers of the Year
  • 2018 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year Finalists
  • 2018 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year

If you have questions about this event, please contact Mary Keenan, at mary.keenan@ride.ri.gov.