COVENTRY — This year’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 states’ Teachers of the Year.
Oh, and she also shook hands and shared a few words with President Barack Obama.
“It was an amazing experience. He shook my hand, asked what subject I taught and we spoke about the importance of literacy in education,” said Boyle, an English teacher at Coventry High School. “We talked about how crucial literacy is in not only education, but also in life.”
“He 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,” 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 initiative’s acronym stands for Recognizing Education Success, Professional Excellence and Collaborative Teaching.
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