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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.

*NEW* 2019 WaterFire Event: A Salute to RI Educators

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Mark your calendars! This year, RIDE will honor educators across Rhode Island for their outstanding service and dedication to students and the education profession. All are welcome to attend this family-friendly celebration to support RI educators, which will include a reception, awards ceremony, and torch procession featuring this year's honored educators, culminating with a "Ring of Fire" around the bridge in downtown Providence.

When: Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 3:00 - 7:00 PM (Registration begins at 2:30 PM)

Where: Memorial Park in Downtown Providence (corner of North Main and College Streets)

Please join us as we celebrate recipients of the following awards:

2019 Superintendent of the Year

Paul W. Crowley Award

2019 Principals and Assistant Principals of the Year

2019 State Finalists Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching

2019 State Finalists Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching

2019 School Social Worker of the Year

2019 School Nurse Teacher of the Year

2019 School Psychologist of the Year 

2019 School Counselor of the Year 

2019 Outstanding Adult Educator of the Year

2019 School Business Official of the Year

2019 Speech Language Pathologist of the Year

2019 Amedeo DeRobbio Award

2019 Mathematics Rookie Teacher of the Year

2019 CTE Cosmetology Instructor of the Year

2019 CTE Principal of Cosmetology of the Year 

2019 RI Administrator of Special Education

2019 RI School Librarian of the Year

2019 RI STEAM Award

2019 RI Computer Science Teacher of the Year

2018 National Board Certified Teachers

2019 Rhode Island District Teachers of the Year

2018 Milken Educator Award

2020 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year Finalists

2020 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year

Questions about the event? Email Mary Keenan at mary.keenan@ride.ri.gov.