Educator Recognition

RIDE coordinates the selection and recognition of several award programs: the Milken Family Foundation Educator Awards; Rhode Island Teacher of the Year; the Presidential Awards in Mathematics and Science; and Principal of the Year; as well as the Golden Apple Awards.


NEW!! RIDE Seeking Talent Pool Recommendations 

The Rhode Island Educator Talent Pool is a group of distinguished teachers and principals.  Throughout the year, these educators may be considered for membership on advisory boards and task forces, as well as candidates for special recognition programs.

This year RIDE is asking each district to recommend up to 3 educators that represent exceptional educational talent as evidenced by effective instructional practices and student learning results in the classroom and school within their district. 

When districts submit their recommendation(s) please include: Please send the completed packet of information by January 9, 2015 to Mary Keenan at

Golden Apple Awards

NBC 10, the Rhode Island Department of Education, Hasbro, and Thames & Kosmos are teaming up to recognize outstanding teachers in our communities. The Golden Apple Award honors those who believe in the true spirit of teaching by making classrooms a creative and safe place to learn. 

Winning educators will also receive a $250 contribution from Hasbro provided by the Kids in Need Foundation to help them fund their classroom needs.

If you know an outstanding teacher who deserves recognition for their efforts in the classroom, you can nominate them using the form at

Award Recipients

May 2013

May 30, 2013
Ashley Proulx
Cumberland High School

April 2013

25 Dietra Medeiros
Wilbur McMahon,
Little Compton

March 2013

7 Alexis Meyer
Archie R. Cole Middle School,
East Greenwich
14 James Kennedy
Toll Gate High School,
21 Wayne Kilcline
Lillian Feinstein @ Sackett,

February 2013

7 Holly Meyer
Cranston High School West,
 14 Mark Colozzi 
Cranston High School East, 

January 2013

10 Peter Boland
Beacon Charter School,
 17 Mary Ellen Cardenas 
Calcutt Middle School, 
Central Falls
 24 Lynn Pike 
Lincoln Middle School, 
 31  Christopher Allen 
Greenbush Elementary School, 
West Warwick

December 2012

6 Erin Phillips
Portsmouth High School,
 13 Melissa Velleca 
Hugh Cole Elementary, 
 20 Susan Flynn 
Tiogue School, 
 27 Frances Healy 
East Greenwich High School, 
East Greenwich

October 2012

4 Carol Bibeault
Cumberland High School,
 11 Dianne Mohler 
Northern Elementary School, 
 25 Toni-Annette Silveira
North Kingstown High School, 
North Kingstown