Two RIC Alumni Named Teachers of the Year in RI 

Lillian Feinstein Elementary School music teacher Wayne Kilcline was named Providence Teacher of the Year at a surprise school ceremony.

Lillian Feinstein Elementary School music teacher Wayne Kilcline was named Providence Teacher of the Year at a surprise school ceremony.

 

Two Rhode Island College alumni have been honored for their outstanding work as local educators and now have a chance to compete in the National Teacher of the Year Program.

Elementary school music teacher Wayne Kilcline has been named Teacher of the Year in Providence and Michelle Depot has been named Teacher of the Year in Pawtucket for 2013-2014.

Kilcline and Depot add to a lengthy list of talented educators who studied at RIC and have gone on to receive professional recognition at local, state and national levels.

“Our reputation for teaching has been very high for years and I think a lot of students who are serious about teaching will come to us also because we’ve been (in this) business for so long,” said Sasha Sidorkin, dean of the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development.

Kilcline graduated from RIC with a bachelor’s in music education in 1996 and with a master’s in music education in 2004. He has been a music teacher at Lillian Feinstein at Sackett Street Elementary School for 17 years.

“After high school, Rhode Island College was the only school I applied to because I wanted to be a teacher, and RIC had a reputation as ‘THE’ teacher school,” Kilcline said. “The faculty at RIC, coupled with a placement with two incredible cooperating teachers for my student teaching experience, helped make me the teacher I am today.”

Depot, a third grade teacher, earned a bachelor’s in elementary education at RIC in 1995 and has taught at Flora S. Curtis Elementary School for seven years.

“I feel RIC helped me by getting me out in the field as early as possible,” Depot said. “I still use some of the lesson plans I developed today. All that work just got me ready for teaching.”

Rhode Island public school districts are invited by the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) to recognize a teacher of the year through a process that includes asking school and community members to nominate teachers.

Selection committees then ask select candidates to submit essays, resumes and letters of recommendation.

Kilcline and Depot now are contenders for the 2015 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year. That award will be handed out in fall 2014. 

The 2015 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year will go on to compete in the national competition in spring 2015.