March Accolades


Supt. Dr. Susan Lusi was honored for her innovative work in education by the New England Board of Higher Education at their 13th annual New England Higher Education Excellence Awards ceremony.

Supt. Lusi was presented with the 2015 Rhode Island State Merit Award during a ceremony held last Friday evening, March 13, at the Boston Long Wharf Marriott Hotel.

Doris De Los Santos, director of development, partnerships and community engagement, will be one of 26 alumni recognized as community leaders by the Community College of Rhode Island as part of the school’s 50th anniversary celebration. The event, “Celebrating Alumni for 50 Years,” will be held on March 26 at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston.

Nkoli Onye, executive director of performance management in PPSD’s Office of Human Capital, was honored with the Extraordinary Woman in Education Award on Sunday, March 8 as part of the International Woman’s Day Celebration held at the Providence Renaissance Hotel. The keynote speaker was Anaridis Rodriguez, a 2002 graduate of Classical High School, who is an anchor at The Weather Channel.

The Extraordinary Woman Award was initiated in March 2001 to recognize the outstanding work that women perform in different areas of our community to improve lives in our state.

Hilary Lundgren and Rachel Salvatore, fifth-grade teachers at the West Broadway Middle School, were named Digital Learning Champions at the Blended Learning Conference on Saturday, March 7 at URI’s Feinstein Campus in Providence. The conference convened local,  regional and national experts who shared their models, products and insight to support innovative classroom practices around blended learning and technical integration. Lundgren and Salvatore’s students have demonstrated 22 percent growth in math through blended learning since the beginning of the school year.