Teacher of the Year is Debra Ramm, Grade 4 Sarah Dyer Barnes Elementary SchoolTop of Page
Mrs. Ramm is a teacher who is truly student centered. She is introspective, collaborative and considered one of our teacher leaders. Mrs. Ramm is highly skilled at engaging all students in all aspects of learning. Bringing innovation and technology into the classroom which enhances the learning environment and supports students is a hallmark of her instruction.
In addition to her teaching duties, this teacher is quite active in the educational community at large. She has been a National Board Certified Teacher since 2002 and received the National Council for Geographic Education in 2002 as well as being named to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers in 2005-2006. She has served on the Board of the Rhode Island ASCD and is currently its president elect . She has been a member serving on the Save the Bay Educational Committee and has a passion for science as evidenced by her commitment and involvement in various organizations and training opportunities.
Mrs. Ramm has been a science kit trainer for the KITES GEMS-NET, a participant in the Narragansett Bay Commission’s educational program since 2002, and a member of the lesson study team focused on Science Notebooks. She also participated in the Mickelson-Exxon Mobile Teacher Academy and has presented extensively in the district and state focused on science inquiry and mathematics. She has participated in the NECAP item review committee and Save the Bay experiential learning academy. She has contributed significantly as a vital member of the district Science curriculum development team. Her input in this capacity was invaluable as she brought the perspective of the elementary teacher to the task of science curriculum development.
Mrs. Ramm is highly skilled and has embedded technology in her classroom as an aide for instruction. She has identified the importance of the use of technology as a tool for learning and research and uses it daily. Taking part in so many technology groups has enhanced her understanding and use of technology in the classroom. She currently serves as the FUSE fellow in Warwick. She also claims membership in organizations and participation in programs such as EdUnderground, Titan Teachers, Rhode Island Teachers and Technology Initiative, Enhancing Education through Technology, Innovation Powered by Technology and the Verizon “Thinkfinity” program. She has helped to form two innovative technology groups in our state, EdUnderground and Titan Teachers, and has contributed to the Rhode Island Teachers and Technology Initiative as both participant and trainer. She was selected for the 2014 Honeywell Educators at Space Academy program at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) in Huntsville, Alabama and she is a state finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Johnston is proud of Mrs. Ramm and all her accomplishments.