SURPRISE! Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist, left, and R.I. Board of Regents member Karin Forbes, center, congratulate 2012 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year Julie Lima Boyle, an English teacher at Coventry High School, during an unannounced ceremony Wednesday.
COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION
By PBN Staff
COVENTRY – Rhode Island’s Teacher of the Year was named Wednesday at Coventry High School.
This year’s honor went to Julie Lima Boyle, an English teacher and the English language arts curriculum coordinator at the high school.
“As we work together to ensure that we have excellent teachers in every Rhode Island classroom, Julie Lima Boyle is a wonderful example of outstanding, dedicated teaching,” said Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist.
“She uses 21st-century technology to lead her students to express their thoughts and ideas in a variety of electronic media – as well as on paper! One of her former students called her ‘the most thoughtful, sincere teacher’ he had ever had,” Gist said.
Boyle, of Cranston, will now be a candidate for National Teacher of the Year. She also received a $10,000 scholarship from Johnson & Wales University and a Technology Classroom package from Smart Technologies.
“I strive to share my love of works, written and spoken, with my students,” said Boyle in her application for the award. “Some people join the Peace Corps; others go on missions in Chile or cross borders with Amnesty International. I teach English as my mission and am still learning how to write truth.”
Boyle earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Rhode Island College and did her preparation for teacher certification at Providence College.
The surprise ceremony took place Wednesday with Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee and Gist in attendance.