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COVENTRY â€” This yearâ€™s representative for all the hardworking teachers in Rhode Island, Julie Lima Boyle of Coventry, had the pleasure of traveling to Washington D.C., lending a helping hand towards current educational issues and meeting the 49 other statesâ€™ Teachers of the Year.
Oh, and she also shook hands and shared a few words with President Barack Obama.
â€śIt was an amazing experience. He shook my hand, asked what subject I taught and we spoke about the importance of literacy in education,â€ť said Boyle, an English teacher at Coventry High School. â€śWe talked about how crucial literacy is in not only education, but also in life.â€ť
â€śHe spoke about how he would like to celebrate teachers; we have taken a bashing in the last few years and I know many of us are feeling a little bruised,â€ť she continued.
According to Boyle, during their conversation, the President mentioned a current initiative to encourage and elevate the teaching profession in the country called Project RESPECT. The initiativeâ€™s acronym stands for Recognizing Education Success, Professional Excellence and Collaborative Teaching.
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