NORTH KINGSTOWN—Sally Levesque, from Hamilton Elementary School, has been named Teacher of the Year 2013. Teaching the fourth grade for 26 years, Levesque was overwhelmed to hear the news.
“When I was told that I had been selected, I was surprised and emotional,” Levesque said. “It is an honor and I only hope that I can live up to that honor.”
Levesque has a noble educational background, having received her undergraduate degree in General Education from the University of Rhode Island. She also has more than 40 credits in graduate courses from different universities throughout New England.
“Before my job at Hamilton, I subbed for a number of years in all grade levels from kindergarten through eighth grade,” Levesque said. “I even substituted for a year in Exeter as their art, music and physical education teacher for grades kindergarten through second.”
“I love the age level and the rich content of the fourth grade,” she added. “The students are interested in learning, we have really fun discussions and debates and we love sharing insights.”
“As far as what I bring to my students, I bring a lot of experience, I keep my expectations high and scaffold for the students to reach the expectations,” Levesque explained. “With enough practice and gradual release of responsibility, the students can succeed.”
With a lot of experience and a love for the job, Levesque also felt it necessary to praise such a great school district. Levesque feels that she has even more to bring to the table, and not only as a teacher.
“I have been given the opportunity to provide some staff development on a school level and on a district level,” said Levesque. “I hope to have more opportunities to teach in the future.”
Levesque gave credit to Superintendent Philip Auger and Hamilton Elementary School Principal Morag Cronkite for their contributions to the school as well.
“The leadership in this district is excellent at giving us the professional development the school needs to stay current and help us succeed at our jobs,” she said.