Coventry teacher, RIC grad named 2012 R.I. Teacher of the Year

Julie Lima Boyle, ’94, M ’06, a 12th-grade English teacher at Coventry High School, was named Rhode Island’s Teacher of the Year on Nov. 30, in a ceremony at the high school before a crowd of nearly 2,000 students, fellow teachers and family members.

Education commissioner Deborah Gist, left, congratulates R.I. Teacher of the Year Julie Lima Boyle.
Governor Lincoln Chafee and Education Commissioner Deborah Gist presented Lima Boyle with the award. With this distinction, she is automatically a candidate for the Teacher of the Year national title.

Lima Boyle, who describes herself as "a proud RIC alum," earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Rhode Island College. She was in the RIC Honors Program and graduated with General Education Honors, Honors in English and College Honors.

She also received the Eleanor M. McMahon Award given to a senior in the College Honors Program on the basis of overall scholastic achievement and quality of the senior honors project.

She received her teacher certification from Providence College.

Quoted in The Providence Journal article of Dec. 1 by Jennifer Jordan, Coventry student Thomas Scappini said of Lima Boyle, “Her unique style brings out the best in every student” and conveys “her sheer joy of being in class.”

In the same article, Lima Boyle was quoted as saying, “I am awed that I represent 15,000 hard-working teachers in the state of Rhode Island. I do live what I teach.”

In addition to the award, Lima Boyle received a $10,000 scholarship to Johnson & Wales University and a technology package for her classroom from SMART Technologies.

Lima Boyle hails from Cranston and has been teaching at Coventry High School for 12 years.

R.I. Department of Education press release

The Teacher of the Year award was initiated in 1952 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to bring recognition to the importance of teachers as nurturers of the American Dream.

In Rhode Island, each school district is invited to designate its local Teacher of the Year. These names are then forwarded to the Department of Education as nominations for the Rhode Island Teacher of the Year. The name of the winner is then submitted to a national committee where the process is repeated and the final selection is made of the National Teacher of the Year.