Nancy Carnevale, M.Ed., a National Board Certified Teacher of English as New Language (ENL) invested her 38-year career in supporting urban ELLs and their families. She exemplified the “can-do” philosophy. She serves as a model of best practices in urban education for ELLs. A lifelong advocate for children, she took every opportunity to acquire the latest ELL teaching practices so that she could promote success for her students in every way possible. She is honored for her passion, her love for and unwavering dedication to her students, her collaborative nature and for her clarity of vision that teaching is most successful when you “teach from the heart.”
Criteria for the Award. The nominee for this award must:
- Be a person whose approach to teaching is that of “teaching from the heart”
- Employ research-based second language acquisition strategies in their teaching of ELLs
- Have genuinely high expectations for all students, that with the right supports, students “can do.”
- Demonstrate a history of genuine caring and creating strong relationships with ELL students and their families
- Demonstrate a history of mentoring and/or inspiring other teachers.
- Demonstrate a history of being a true and tireless advocate for ELL children
- Create an environment that makes students feel like they are part of a family.
Nancy A. Carnevale Teacher of the Year Award for Excellence in ELL Teaching (PreK-12) Fall 2013
The application period for The Nancy Carnevale Teacher Award for Excellence in ELL Teaching (PreK-12) is now open. Nancy Carnevale was a much-celebrated ESL teacher who worked from 1988 through 2011 in elementary ESL classrooms in Central Falls. She taught English Language Learners in Grades K, 2, 3, and 5, and in the last year of her life took on the role of Sheltered Instruction (SIOP) coach for the district. She was known to excel in every role she held and was admired by all who knew her and were mentored by her. This award is to honor her memory and her passion for teaching.
- Nominations must be submitted by October 25h. This can be done electronically and sent to Pat Morris 129 Shirley Drive, Cumberland, RI 02864 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Applications will include proof of how the candidate meets the criteria for the award
- Letter of nomination addressing how the nominee demonstrates the criteria
- A letter from a parent/family and/or student addressing the strong relationship the teacher has created with the family. It can be in the family’s native language and we can get it translated for Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese, German, Japanese, Korean, or Russian.
- A letter from an administrator who supervises the candidate describing how the candidate meets the criteria.
- Letter from a teacher who received mentoring or inspiration from the nominee
Candidates must have 5 years of teaching experience and demonstrate a “sustained commitment to ELL education.”
The committee will meet to review applications and decide by October 31st.
The winner will receive the following:
- Free RITELL membership for the following year
- A RITELL tee shirt
- A $250 cash award
- A plaque
The Nancy Carnevale ELL Teacher Award for Excellence in Teaching will be presented at the RITELL Fall Conference at RIC on Saturday, November 23, 2013