Friday, September 13, 2013

Oh Look, Connected Businsessperson is RI Teacher of the Year

Linda Borg:

EAST GREEWICH — An East Greenwich high school teacher with an unorthodox path to the classroom has been named Rhode Island Teacher of the Year.

Not only that, she received a Smart car (no pun intended) for her travels as Rhode Island’s education ambassador. The car, cherry red with the phrase “Teacher of the Year” emblazoned on the door, was provided by Inskip’s Warwick Auto Mall. ...

Page has tapped into her private-sector experience, including a job with the Economic Development Corporation, to help students make connections between the real world and the classroom.

During her three years at East Greenwich High, where she teaches business and computer education, Page’s students were finalists in the Rhode Island Life Smarts competition and Federal Reserve Cup Challenge. She also developed the school’s senior project program.

But it’s Page’s 180-degree shift in careers that is the most striking part of her personal story. Page, who has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bryant University, began her career in corporate communications. Later, she landed a job as director of human relations for the EDC.

At that point, Page was serving on several boards whose mission was to improve adult literacy...

This is the kind of thing that makes you wonder what on earth the state's educational leadership even thinks that it is doing. Or maybe it is just perfectly clear that the teacher of the year needs to be someone who will be good a the Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

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