COVENTRY—When Julie Lima Boyle was selected as Coventry’s Teacher of the Year, she said she was completely “caught off guard.” Now, one month later, Boyle represents one of the top three finalists in the state.
Wednesday night, Boyle gave a 10-minute presentation and final interview with the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE). The finalists also participated in a mock press conference.
When she was selected to represent the Coventry school district, Boyle had been led to believe that it was a different teacher. “I had no idea. I thought if it was a high school teacher, then it would be this person.”
Principal Michael Hobin had borrowed her teaching portfolio under the guise of his niece, a soon-to-be English teacher, according to Boyle. She did not suspect a thing, she said.
“He asked me if he could borrow it as a sample of an English portfolio. He said he knew that I had a great one and I gave it to him thinking that it would help his niece,” said Boyle.
When asked about the leadership team’s nomination, Hobin told the Times that he “sort of tricked” Boyle in order to keep her potential nomination a secret.
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