Wednesday, January 6, 2016

A Golden Apple for a Golden Teacher

       At BVP, we are proud of our teachers. They are dedicated, hard-working, and passionate people with a love for education. Every single one of them is special. So, it is especially uplifting for us when one of our teachers is recognized for the impact they have made. Earlier today, one such teacher, Casey Rainha of Elementary School 1, was recognized with The Golden Apple Award, an honor sponsored by NBC10, Hasbro and the Rhode Island Department of Education recognizing outstanding teachers who exhibit the "true spirit of teaching."

       Casey is a graduate of Rhode Island College and has a B.S. in Special Education. Originally from Cumberland, she formerly served as a substitute teacher at the Northern Rhode Island Collaborative working with children ages 3-21 with severe developmental disabilities. Casey was selected for The Golden Apple as the result of a parent nomination for her work in the Transitional Learning Center (TLC).

(left to right) BVP Executive Director Jeremy Chiappetta,
nominating parent Krystal Vasquez, teacher Casey Rainha,
NBC10 anchor Patrice Wood, and ES1 Head of School
Kyle Quadros
       TLC is a program at BVP offering specialized instruction to children needing social and emotional support. In small classroom environments teachers guide scholars on how to identify their feelings, utilize coping strategies, recognize the difference between appropriate and inappropriate behaviors, and how to self-regulate. Teaching these strategies allows scholars to be successful when engaging in general classroom settings and allows them to academically thrive while also giving special attention to their social, emotional and behavioral needs. Scholars who successfully complete their time with TLC become role models for their peers who are able to share and teach the strategies they learned while in the program.

       Earlier this year we interviewed Casey for a feature in our annual report (which can be viewed here on page 8) and asked her what she loved about her job the most. "One of the best parts of our job is when families report that their scholar’s behavior has improved at home. The connection between home and school is vital in supporting the development of the whole child, which is truly BVP’s goal for the classroom."

A video of the award presentation will be featured on NBC10's 6pm news on Thursday, January 21st.

Congratulations Casey! We’re so proud to have you on our team!

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