The University of Rhode Island Transportation Center named Carol Englander as its 2012 Educator of the Year. Thanks to Englander’s tireless efforts, a single after school club has expanded to six school districts, including seven elementary schools, five middle schools, and seven high schools. All together, SMILE serves about 400 students and 36 teachers.
The University of Rhode Island Transportation Center named Gary Magnotta as its 2011 Educator of the Year. Magnotta, a teacher at William E. Tolman High School in Pawtucket, exceeded expectations by creating an Engineering Academy at the high school. His unwavering commitment as an educator made him a deserving choice for the award.