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DeVoe Wins O’Toole Leadership Award

DeVoe is happy her award will help the students of Westerly

DeVoe is happy her award will help the students of Westerly

DeVoe is happy her award will help the students of Westerly

DeVoe is happy her award will help the students of Westerly

Alex Celico, Staff Reporter

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Erica DeVoe, an English teacher at WHS, recently won money for Westerly High School.

DeVoe has been teaching for 13 years at Westerly High. She recently entered into the Lawrence O’Toole Teacher Leadership Award and gained the prize.

The Lawrence O’Toole Teacher Leadership Award is an annual award which recognizes high school teachers in public schools for changing their classroom’s culture and creating a student-centered environment. This year, 13 public school teachers won the O’Toole award for outstanding transformation of teacher-lead education to student-lead education. Each teacher who won received a $15,000 grant for their school to use for student-centered learning tools.

DeVoe was one of the three teachers in Rhode Island who won. She is overjoyed that she received money for a school she loves.

“I have been teaching for 13 years here, and I’m very glad that I will be able to help students have a more effective way of learning,” DeVoe explained.

She said that she is going to use the prize toward a series of Professional Development sessions throughout the year, focusing on creating a more engaging and interactive way of teaching.

Every teacher will have a taste of the money during theses Professional Development sessions.

“I did, however, have to do a lot of work to even be eligible to enter.” DeVoe stated. She is creating her classroom as more student-centered, which allows for students to work at their own, unique pace. She is a part of Highlander Institute’s FUSE RI program which helps teachers educate their students through blended learning, which sets education at students’ pace.

On the professional development day, September 12, DeVoe held a meeting where a speaker came in to talk about students having a one-to-one Chromebook next year. At that meeting, teachers each got to see what the money that she won was going toward and were able to see Westerly High School’s future. They also got to see what teachers would have to do to get ready for next year with the Chromebooks and the student-centered learning style that will be brought in with the money DeVoe won.

DeVoe is very grateful to have won the Lawrence O’Toole Teacher Leadership Award this school year and is excited to see the progress of how the funds made available through the award will be able to transform the school into a more engaging, interactive, and educational place where students will be able to learn at their own pace.

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