Alum Lisa Rose Bucci wins Providence Teacher of the Year award

Lisa Rose Bucci
RIC grad and Hope High School science teacher Lisa Rose Bucci ‘05 was named Providence Teacher of the Year on April 12. Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, School Superintendent Susan Lusi and others went to her classroom to surprise her with the news.

“Outstanding teachers go above and beyond every day without looking for praise and honor," said Paula R. Shannon, chief academic officer of Providence Schools. "But it is incumbent upon us as administrators and colleagues to single out and recognize the very worthy work of individuals like Lisa Bucci.”

At RIC, Bucci was a magna cum laude graduate who received General Education Honors and the Katherine Murray Prize in Educational Studies.

As president of RIC’s Physical Science Club, she established the Miss Physical Science Pageant, which promoted women in science, as well as the club’s cornerstone initiative, Project Catalyst, which brought hands-on science projects into Providence grade schools.

Elementary school children loved participating Project Catalyst, Bucci said in a 2004 issue of What’s News. “You go into the school and they’re so excited. We like to be a part of giving back to the community.”

This is the first time in about 10 years that Providence Schools has recognized a Teacher of the Year. Bucci will represent Providence as a candidate for Rhode Island Teacher of the Year.