McCourt's Diane Nadeau is Cumberland's Education Support Professional of the Year

Citing her work ethic, dedication to her colleagues, and her commitment to students and their families, Superintendent Phil Thornton on Tuesday announced that Joseph L. McCourt Middle School's Diane Nadeau has been named Cumberland School Department's Education Support Professional of the Year and nominated for the National Education Association's Rhode Island Education Support Professional of the Year.
"We're fortunate to have so many quality people, qualified professionals really, working on the front lines at our schools," Dr. Thornton said. "Ms. Nadeau exemplifies the characteristics and traits we seek in all our staff. We're lucky to have her."
McCourt Principal Jay R. Masterson nominated Ms. Nadeau. "I have never come across a more respected, harder working school secretary who has the respect of her colleagues," he said. "She very much looks forward to coming to school each day, and we all look forward to seeing her.  Ms. Nadeau has set a high standard that enhances the image of Educational Support Professionals at the worksite, in the Association, and in the community."
Colleagues cited Ms. Nadeau's calm under pressure, ability to lead, and willingness to volunteer at numerous events as reasons why she is so deserving of the recognition.
"I have been thoroughly impressed with Ms. Nadeau’s dedication to the students, families, and the faculty/staff of Joseph L. McCourt Middle School," Mr. Masterson said. "She arrives at work early each day for the last two decades plus years of service and leaves well after the teachers’ contractual hour to continue the work needed to support her colleagues and students."
Ms. Nadeau, who has worked in a number of roles for the Cumberland School Department since 1986, is the second recipient of the school department's Support Professional of the Year. Susan McLaren, who also works at McCourt, was the 2013 recipient.

SPOTLIGHT: The Quality of Cumberland High School’s Academic Program

Some evaluate a school on the number of extra curricula offerings available to students, others judge a school on the campus or even rank a school on the performance of athletic teams. 
Those who judge a school on academic rigor will be pleased to see Cumberland High School is second only to Classical High School when it comes to the number of advanced placement courses available to high school students. 
CHS’s 21 AP courses – ranging from Psychology to Macro Economics to Environmental Science – enable students to take college level courses while still at CHS and potentially earn college credit for them too. 
On average, most private or independent schools offer 12 AP courses. No charter school in RI currently offers AP courses. 
“You want to talk about rigor, these courses follow college curricula guidelines,” said CHS Principal Alan Tenreiro. “Even better, the students who pass the final AP exam earn college credit, which can save money on tuition during freshmen year.” 
At their core, AP courses address broad content at a deep level and faster pace than required by the Rhode Island Department of Education’s high school curriculum standards. Students taking AP courses spend significant time on independent projects, research, and papers. 
CHS is rare in that it offers AP US History to 9th graders. The class doubled in size in the second year. 
“Not every school can do what we do,” Mr. Tenreiro said. “In order to have this many AP classes we need highly qualified teachers with specialized training through College Board Workshops, people who want to stay on the cutting edge of education.  That speaks to the dedication and quality of teachers we have here at CHS.”
NUMBER OF AP Courses offered by RI Public High Schools in 2014
1. Classical 22
2. Cumberland 21
3. Portsmouth 20
4. Barrington 17
5. North Kingstown   15

Middle schools trade textbooks for techbooks

There's a Chromebook on every desk in Sean Connolly's 7th-grade social studies class at North Cumberland Middle School. But that's not unusual. Techbooks replaced textbooks in Cumberland's middle schools this year and every class looks like this now. Up front, there's a white board where Connolly is projecting images from his own Chromebook screen. (Valley Breeze photos by Marcia Green)
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