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COVENTRYâ€”When Julie Lima Boyle was selected as Coventryâ€™s Teacher of the Year, she said she was completely â€ścaught off guard.â€ť Now, one month later, Boyle represents one of the top three finalists in the state.
Wednesday night, Boyle gave a 10-minute presentation and final interview with the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE). The finalists also participated in a mock press conference.
When she was selected to represent the Coventry school district, Boyle had been led to believe that it was a different teacher. â€śI had no idea. I thought if it was a high school teacher, then it would be this person.â€ť
Principal Michael Hobin had borrowed her teaching portfolio under the guise of his niece, a soon-to-be English teacher, according to Boyle. She did not suspect a thing, she said.
â€śHe asked me if he could borrow it as a sample of an English portfolio. He said he knew that I had a great one and I gave it to him thinking that it would help his niece,â€ť said Boyle.
When asked about the leadership teamâ€™s nomination, Hobin told the Times that he â€śsort of trickedâ€ť Boyle in order to keep her potential nomination a secret.
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