Educator Recognition

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


NEW!! RIDE seeking nominations for 2015-16 District Teachers of the Year 

The 2014-15 District Teacher of the Year profile sheet has been posted on the Educator Recognition page of the RIDE website. District Teacher of the Year Profile Sheets are due by May 1, 2015. This year, 31 teachers from across Rhode Island represented their individual LEAs as District Teachers of the Year. Each District Teacher of the Year (DTOY) also had the opportunity to take part in WaterFire: A Salute to Rhode Island Educators, to participate in leadership professional development, to collaborate with DTOYs from across the state, and to apply to represent all Rhode Island educators as the 2016 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year.

Please visit our Educator Recognition page or click on the following link to download the 2015-16 District Teacher of the Year Profile Sheet:

2016 District Year of the Year Application

Golden Apple Awards

NBC 10, the Rhode Island Department of Education, Hasbro, and Thames & Kosmos are teaming up to recognize outstanding teachers in our communities. The Golden Apple Award honors those who believe in the true spirit of teaching by making classrooms a creative and safe place to learn. 

Winning educators will also receive a $250 contribution from Hasbro provided by the Kids in Need Foundation to help them fund their classroom needs.

If you know an outstanding teacher who deserves recognition for their efforts in the classroom, you can nominate them using the form at

Award Recipients

May 2013

May 30, 2013
Ashley Proulx
Cumberland High School

April 2013

25 Dietra Medeiros
Wilbur McMahon,
Little Compton

March 2013

7 Alexis Meyer
Archie R. Cole Middle School,
East Greenwich
14 James Kennedy
Toll Gate High School,
21 Wayne Kilcline
Lillian Feinstein @ Sackett,

February 2013

7 Holly Meyer
Cranston High School West,
 14 Mark Colozzi 
Cranston High School East, 

January 2013

10 Peter Boland
Beacon Charter School,
 17 Mary Ellen Cardenas 
Calcutt Middle School, 
Central Falls
 24 Lynn Pike 
Lincoln Middle School, 
 31  Christopher Allen 
Greenbush Elementary School, 
West Warwick

December 2012

6 Erin Phillips
Portsmouth High School,
 13 Melissa Velleca 
Hugh Cole Elementary, 
 20 Susan Flynn 
Tiogue School, 
 27 Frances Healy 
East Greenwich High School, 
East Greenwich

October 2012

4 Carol Bibeault
Cumberland High School,
 11 Dianne Mohler 
Northern Elementary School, 
 25 Toni-Annette Silveira
North Kingstown High School, 
North Kingstown