Rhode Island’s ‘Teacher of the Year’ Honored

WARWICK, RI (WLNE) – During a surprise announcement at Oakland Beach Elementary School, Milissa O’Neil was announced as Rhode Island Teacher of the Year.

House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi, Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green, Superintendent Lynn Dambruch and 2024 State Teacher of the Year Aimée Couto announced O’Neil’s selection during the surprise ceremony yesterday.

O’Neil began her career in primary education over twenty years ago before joining Warwick Public Schools full-time in 2014 as an elementary and special educator.

She has taught kindergarten at Oakland Beach Elementary School for the past six years.

O’Neil is described by her fellow teachers as dedicated and dynamic.

She is also an advocate for steam education and has worked closely with the district on developing math and science curriculum.

“Milissa’s enthusiasm for her students, families and the teaching profession is admirable. It is clear she has had a lasting impact in Warwick,” said Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green. “We look forward to working together and learning from Milissa in her new role as Rhode Island Teacher of the Year. Congratulations!”

“Congratulations to Milissa and the entire Warwick community on this distinguished honor,” said Governor Dan McKee. “Milissa is not only a leader within the classroom and the school district, she also serves our students through the Boys and Girls Club’s Learn365RI program. Thank you, Milissa, for your impeccable service both inside and outside the classroom. We wish you much success in the coming year.”

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