RI fourth grade teacher surprised with prestigious award


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Students and staff at Paul Cuffee Lower School in Providence gathered for a planned assembly to hear RI Education Commissioner Ken Wagner speak on social and emotional learning.

Wagner was there, however, what they were really gathering for was to surprise fourth-grade teacher Emily Caldarelli with the prestigious Milken Educator Award.

Caldarelli is among up to only 35 educators across the U.S. who will be presented with the award during the Milken Family Foundation’s cross-country tour.

“Emily Caldarelli has earned the reputation of ‘master facilitator’ for her ability to collaborate with colleagues and empower students to become leaders of their own learning,” said Dr. Jane Foley, Milken Educator Awards Senior Vice President.

Caldarelli is the sole recipient in Rhode Island this year.

“Emily Caldarelli represents what’s best about the thousands of teachers in Rhode Island public schools,” said RI Education Commissioner Ken Wagner.

Now in its 30th year, Milken Educators are selected in early to mid-career for what they have achieved and for the promise of what they will accomplish.

The award consists of $25,000 cash and is hailed by Teacher magazine as the “Oscars of Teaching.”

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