Lisa Leaheey named Rhode Island Teacher of the Year

Lisa Leaheey Named Rhode Island Teacher Of The Year

Lisa Leaheey-center. (RIDE)

NORTH PROVIDENCE (WLNE) — A North Providence High School teacher was recognized at a surprise ceremony on Wednesday.

Lisa Leaheey was named the 2023 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year. Leaheey has taught English at the high school for 22 years.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, she supported multiple educators in converting their classrooms to online learning spaces.

“Lisa is the kind of teacher and leader who embodies the qualities of an excellent educator,” said Rhode Island Department of Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green. “She is an innovative, creative, and energetic educator who works to ensure all students have engaging learning opportunities.”

Lisa will now work alongside the Department of Education throughout the 2022-2023 school year to support education statewide.

“This veteran educator has dedicated her life to helping our students think critically, challenge themselves, and strive for success. I am proud to have Lisa, a lifelong learner and tireless student advocate, representing our state as the 2023 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year,” Gov. Dan McKee said.

She is also eligible to represent Rhode Island as the National Teacher of the Year.

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