Rhode Island

Kathryn A. Tancrelle
Old County Road School
200 Old County Road
Smithfield, RI 02917

Elementary, 5

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1) What is one thing that needs to change in order to keep quality teachers in the profession?

Tell us about the teacher who meant the most to you when you were growing up.


Kathryn A. Tancrelle, 2001
State Teacher of the Year, Rhode Island
I have been an elementary educator for the last ten years. I feel privileged to have been entrusted with their learning; however, volunteering with adult non-readers for the last 16 years through Project LEARN — Adult and Family Literacy Programs has had the greatest impact on what I do in the classroom. Parental support is crucial to the successful school experience of a child, but active participation is remarkably difficult when the parent is unable to read. My work with Project LEARN has enabled me to bring the perspectives of adult non-readers to fellow elementary educators. If even one teacher re-examines practices as a result of viewing school issues from the eyes of a non-reader, we are one step closer to solving the problem of illiteracy while working together to help these parents become successful and effective partners in their children's education.  

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