D'Aleno Named 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year

The new Coventry Teacher of the Year was announced at Monday's new school year assembly at CHS.


Hundreds of Coventry teachers and administrators gathered in the auditorium on Monday morning to kick off the start of the 2012-2013 school year. Superintendent Michael Convery began the assembly by announcing the district's new hires and asking teachers to share any positive news from their summer breaks.

2011-2012 Coventry and Rhode Island Teacher of the Year, then spoke of her and shared a slideshow as well as a list of 10 lessons that she learned during her travels.

Convery announced teacher Tara D'Aleno as Teacher of the Year to thunderous applause and Lima Boyle presented her with an inscribed golden apple.

"This Coventry teacher has been described in many ways including talented, intelligent, outstanding, creative and unique. A natural leader, dedicated to excellence as an educator," said Convery when describing D'Aleno. "She has been a role model for peers providing teachers with support and guidance and always communicating information on a regular and consistent basis."

A shocked and grateful D'Aleno said that she was unaware that she was up for the honor until her name was announced.

"It means so much that my colleagues, administrators and especially students wrote letters on my behalf," she said. "That means everything to me." 

D'Aleno explained that as a young child, her father, a high school teacher, inspired her to desire to teach. 21 years later, she is still doing what she loves, having taught in the past at , and for the past 16 years where she currently teaches third grade.

"I always saw my dad working very very hard and I wanted to be like him."

D'Aleno said that her biggest goal is to inspire students to be their best and work hard during her time as Coventry Teacher of the Year.

"I think I'm going to work as hard as I always have worked because I love seeing the progress they make from September to June," she said. "That inspires me the most."

In order to become a Teacher of the Year, D'Aleno explained that patience, kindness and flexibility in thinking are the most important attributes that a teacher can possess.

"I would say that you have to work really hard, think about the students first and give 100 percent of yourself every day," she said when asked what her advice to a new teacher would be.

In addition to her superior teaching and student interaction skills, D'Aleno has been involved in many school and district initiatives including Curriculum Council and Race to the Top Dana Center training. She is also a member of the district-wide teacher evaluation team, ELA Common Core team, and has been math team leader at Tiogue for the last eight years. She also finds time to organize holiday baskets for local families and to actively participate in food and clothing drives as well as her school PTA.

"This is so well-deserved," said Tiogue Principal Louise Seitsinger, "I'm so so happy for her."

"In my opinion one of the finest characteristics about this teacher is her ability to empower students to become individuals with the necessary critical thinking skills to be successful in life," said Superintendent Convery. "This honor is long overdue. She truly represents the best of the best in Coventry."

Tracy Prince August 27, 2012 at 05:43 PM
FINALLY!! It's about time sistah sledge!! Congrats, Mami.... well deserved!
Anne Egan August 27, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Congratulations Tara!!! What an honor:)
Kerri Crehan August 27, 2012 at 06:41 PM
susan messier August 27, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Well, it's about time Tara was recognized for her devotion to her "kids".Tara, you have been and always will be the gold standard for the teaching profession. Many congrats, Susan Messier
Kathy Swann August 27, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Congratulations, Tara! I remember your passion, dedication to children, and commitment to professional learning. Glad to see you're still at Tiogue and that you're honored for your hard work.
lorraine casavant August 27, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Congrats Tara! Very well deserved for a caring and giving person. Best of luck! Lorraine (LOA)
Tracey Weston August 28, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Congratulations Tara. I am so proud of you. You deserve this honor. You work so hard each day to bring out the best in all of your students. I am honored to have worked for you and with you. You are an amazing teacher and friend. xoxo
Audrey, Bryan, & Shirley Lachance August 28, 2012 at 10:18 AM
Dear Ms. D'Aleno, Botzie Awesome. I miss you. Love, Shirley
Audrey, Bryan, & Shirley Lachance August 28, 2012 at 10:33 AM
Dear Tara, Congratulations. We just read the article to Shirl Girl. As you can see above, she was very excited. Thank you for your hard work and dedication. You hold a very special place in the hearts of our family. Always, Audrey & Bryan
alicia c August 28, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Tara , You are AMAZING & BEAUTIFUL inside & out xoxox Keep shining :) love , Alicia & Kayla (LOA)
Susan Jones August 28, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Congratulations Tara. This is an honor that you more than deserve!!! You'll always be the Jones' family's favorite teacher.
K Bove August 29, 2012 at 12:21 AM
You Rock Ms. D'Aleno! It's about time they recognized your skills and patience with students! You are my favorite teacher so far!! :o) xoxo Elizabeth Bove
K Bove August 29, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Ms. D'Aleno, We are so very fortunate to have had you for Elizabeth's third grade teacher. We will forever be grateful for your time, talent & gifts!! You deserve this and much more. Blessings to you always, Kerri & Ed Bove
Jennifer Cataldo August 29, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Congratulations Ms. D'Aleno! I am so glad you were recognized, you deserve it! You're a wonderful teacher and great role model. Love, The Cataldo's
Karen Mattera September 26, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Ms. D'Aleno, YOU ARE THE BEST TEACHER EVER!!!! Love, Britney Mattera
Karen Mattera September 26, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Tara you totally deserve this! You have gone above and beyond for Brintey! You are a amazing teacher and role model for children! We are sooooo lucky to have you at Tiogue School!!!! Thank you for all you have done and continue do for us!! Love, Karen Sal Britney and Amber Mattera!!!
Anne Padula November 05, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Great job, Tara---I knew you were a fabulous teacher when I met you 18 years ago on an airplane heading for a cruise and you were correcting papers!!!!! Anne Padula EWG


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