Patricia Page of East Greenwich is the new "Teacher of the Year" in Rhode Island. Page, who left a career in business to become a teacher, teaches computer and business classes at East Greenwich High School.
Governor Lincoln Chafee praised Page for breaking down the wall between schools and the business world. State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist said Page has introduced innovative lessons such as an "elevator speech," which requires students to make a quick pitch for a business idea.
"Patricia Page is known throughout her school as a teacher who takes every opportunity to prepare students for success in the world of work,” Gist said.
Page will now be a candidate for the national 2014 "Teacher of the Year" award. She received a Smart Electric Drive car to use for the year as part of her award.