2019 RI Teacher of the Year announced

By: Sarah E. Rooney

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JAMESTOWN, R.I. (WLNE) – A sixth grade teacher at a Jamestown middle school has been selected as the 2019 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year.

At a surprise ceremony Wednesday morning, Charlene Tuttle was presented to be the 2019 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made by Commissioner of Education Ken Wagner and First Gentlemen Andy Moffit.

Tuttle teaches science and social studies at the Lawn School in Jamestown, R.I., and has been an active contributor to STEM development. She has worked for 25 years to bring hands-on learning to students with projects like SeaPerch, which allowed students to build underwater Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicles (ROVs).

Tuttle offers after-school coding classes and has worked with Roger Williams University to study the local environment. She is also on the State Leadership Team for the Next Generation Science Standards.

Governor Gina Raimondo released the following statement about Tuttle and her work as a Rhode Island educator:

“Each year, I’m amazed by the talent, creativity, and commitment of our Rhode Island Teachers of the Year, and Charlene Tuttle is no exception. Charlene always puts her students first and, in doing so, is both a leader and a mentor to her colleagues.”

Tuttle’s students also speak positively about their teacher. One student stated the following:

“Ms. Tuttle loves hands-on activities. She loves to learn while doing. She makes me want to learn more about science!”

As the 2019 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year, Charlene Tuttle will be able to further contribute to Rhode Island education by helping the Rhode Island Department of Education developing education policy.

Tuttle is also eligible to represent Rhode Island as the 2019 National Teacher of the Year.

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