Portsmouth’s Ashley Adamson Awarded RI 2021 Teacher of the Year

Adamson is a 3rd grade teacher at Hathaway Elementary School in Portsmouth.

PORTSMOUTH, RI (WLNE) – The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) named Ashley Adamson as the 2021 Teacher of the Year in a surprise outdoor ceremony Tuesday.

Adamson is a 3rd-grade teacher at Hathaway Elementary School in Portsmouth. The event was held outside her school Tuesday afternoon.

“Ashley embodies the best of all our educators – she is focused on her kids’ learning and well-being, she is constantly working to improve her teaching, and she gives generously of her time outside the classroom.,” Gov. Gina Raimondo said in a statement. “I’m thrilled that she will be representing our state as the 2021 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year.”

Adamson is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and has been a teacher for 14 years. RIDE says she’s taught in Portsmouth since 2010, and at Hathaway Elementary since 2015.

Here is a list of leadership activities Adamson has taken part in:

  • Instructor for the RICAS Ramp Up Program
  • A pilot teacher for a new English Language Arts curriculum
  • A presenter on social and emotional learning for fellow teachers
  • A robotics coach
  • A coach for middle school softball, soccer, and basketball teams.
    • Source: RIDE

On top of all that, a RIDE spokesperson says Adamson served as the 2019 Portsmouth Teacher of the Year. And before that, earned an Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Learning (ECET) Award in 2018 and received Carter Spark Grants in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

“Rhode Island teachers are showing the rest of the country what they can do, and Ashley is a perfect example of dedication, perseverance, and commitment to fun in learning,” said Rhode Island Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green.

In her role as 2021 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year, Adamson will work with RIDE throughout the 2020-2021 school year

RIDE says they will work together to “support education statewide, including a special focus on educator recognition initiatives.”

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

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