Providence honors teachers

Mayor Taveras, Providence Public Schools and Providence Teachers Union Host Celebration Honoring Public School Teachers and Staff

Hundreds of school staff and recent retirees attended reception during Teacher Appreciation Week

– Mayor Angel Taveras, Providence Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Susan Lusi and Providence Teachers Union (PTU) President Maribeth Calabro hosted a reception last night to recognize the outstanding contributions of the City's public school teachers and staff.

Hundreds attended the event, including teachers, school staff, recent retirees and members of the Providence School Board, held during Teacher Appreciation Week. Teacher Appreciation Week is observed nationally and in local municipalities, giving communities an opportunity to express heartfelt thanks to dedicated, skilled and caring teachers.

"Providence Public School teachers played an important role in setting me on a lifelong path to achievement," said Mayor Taveras. "I am deeply grateful to all of our teachers and school staff for the work they do every day to help make sure all of our students receive a first-class education."

The celebration, which featured a musical performance by the Providence Youth Guitar Ensemble, was held at the Botanical Center at Roger Williams Park. In recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week, breakfasts will be held in all Providence public schools this week.

“I want to express my extraordinary gratitude to all Providence teachers,” said Superintendent Dr. Lusi. “They go above and beyond every day for our students, and there are countless unsung heroes in their ranks.”

More than 25 recent Providence Public School retirees were recognized at the event for their careers of service to the future of Providence. Retirees received a citation, certificate and award for their service.

"I am very proud to recognize the tremendous work of our Providence teachers,” said PTU President Maribeth Calabro. “It is my privilege to represent the best teachers in the State of Rhode Island and to recognize the outstanding dedication and professionalism that our educators bring to their classrooms.”