Nearly 300 attend Educator Appreciation Reception

Reception 226: Supt. Dr. Susan Lusi, PTU President Maribeth Calabro, retired Ombudsman Joyce O’Connor and Mayor Jorge Elorza.

Supt. Dr. Susan Lusi, PTU President Maribeth Calabro, retired Ombudsman Joyce O’Connor and Mayor Jorge Elorza.

On a cool evening last Thursday, nearly 300 teachers and teacher assistants enjoyed a reception inside the sunny Roger Williams Park Botanical Center to celebrate the end of the school year and to honor this year’s retirees.

Colorful paper bag luminaries lined the winding walkway to the Botanical Center, which was decorated with balloons, to enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and an ice cream bar for a fun touch.

Supt. Dr. Susan Lusi was joined by Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, Maribeth Calabro, president of the Providence Teacher’s Union, in welcoming educators and thanking them for their hard work in helping students achieve.

The Roger Williams Park Botanical Center provided a scenic setting for the annual event.

The Roger Williams Park Botanical Center provided a scenic setting for the annual event.

“While we host this reception every year to recognize our educators, our gratitude is felt year-round,” said Supt. Lusi. “Please know that tonight and each day throughout the year, your diligence, your dedication and your love of children and learning are deeply appreciated by all of us in Providence Schools.  Our classroom teachers, and the teacher assistants who support them, are the foundation of our district and our community, and your hard work is noted by your principals, colleagues and the families you serve.”

“Thank you for your courage, commitment, compassion.   Thank you for your perseverance, resilience and resolve,” said PTU President Maribeth Calabro. “For you creativity, agility and spirit.  Thank your families for their understanding when you miss events and bedtimes due to meetings and lesson planning. Thank you for answering the calling to be a teacher in this city, our city, for our students.  Thank you for being the best of the best!”

Entertainment was provided by the Hope High School Jazz Band, under the direction of Michael Fitzgerald, and by Community MusicWorks.

The Hope High School Jazz Band provided entertainment at the Educator Reception.

The Hope High School Jazz Band provided entertainment at the Educator Reception.

We wish a happy and healthy retirement to the following PPSD educators:

John Alexion (Classical/History), Nancy Allen (Carnevale/Grade 3), Carol Armour (Central/Math), Ellen Conroy (Classical/World Languages), Deborah Doyle (Roger Williams/Science), Helen Ferrucci (SAO/Guidance Counselor/Hearing Officer), Renee Grant‐Kane (Broad Street/Grade 1), James Hart (Mt. Pleasant/English), Andres Javier (Gilbert Stuart/Math), Marilyn Katz (Gregorian/Grade 2), Maureen Kenner (Gregorian/Special Ed), Karen Kimball (Veazie Street/Grade 1 ESL), Donna Lancaster (Carnevale/Special Ed Resource Teacher), George Latos (Spaziano/Grade 5), Barry Lial (Classical/Music), Mary Lombardo (Hopkins/Grade 6 English), Rafael Luna (Alvarez/Spanish), Gerald Luongo (Carnevale/Health and Physical Education), Gail Mathews (Pleasant View/Special Ed Resource), Joyce O’Connor (Community Ombudsman), Nancy Patino (Central/Spanish), Clea Poirier (Veazie Street/School Psychologist), Alma Ritz (Hopkins/Grade 6 Science), Robin Rowden (Hopkins/Guidance), Gail Rubenstein (Mt. Pleasant/School Nurse), Colleen Shea (Broad Sreet/Special Education Resource), Maureen Sheehan (Classical/Guidance), Laura Travis (Hope/Art).

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