North Kingstown Teacher Honored and Surprised with Teacher of the Year Award
NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I (WLNE) – A surprise ceremony took place Thursday after Governor Dan McKee and Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green announced that a North Kingstown math teacher was selected as the 2022 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year.
Lisa Garcia, of North Kingstown High school, teaches math across several grade levels, including algebra, calculus, and trigonometry.
Garcia has taught math at the school for 27 years.
During her tenure, she has led multiple initiatives at the school, including serving as Lead Teacher on the school’s international Mason Tours, and spearheading the NKHS Flocked Fundraiser.
“Teachers have the ability to inspire students to grow not just in the classroom but beyond it,” said Governor McKee.
“Lisa clearly has dedicated her life to that cause, giving her students the support they need to succeed throughout their time at North Kingstown High School. I’m proud to have her representing our state as the 2022 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year”, he said.
“Mrs. Garcia’s classroom embraces the school spirit but elevates it to actively engage the mind,” wrote Tori Chace, a student in Lisa’s Honors Algebra II and Advanced Placement Calculus classes, in a letter.
“Mrs. Garcia brings out the highest level thinker in reach and every one of her students, supports students with her whole being, and truly shapes an individual, not just a math student.”
Commissioner Infante-Green said when RIDE received Garcia’s application for Teacher of The Year, the story leaped off the page.
“Lisa has not only been an incredible teacher for nearly three decades, but has gone above and beyond during the COVID-19 pandemic to help her students both academically and emotionally. We are so glad to have her, and we are grateful to Lisa and the many teachers like her who have kept Rhode Island learning throughout the last year”, said Commissioner Infante-Green.