Melissa Paradis - Golden Apple Award Recipient

Congratulations to Ms. Melissa Paradis, 8th grade social studies teacher at Joseph L. McCourt Middle School, for being awarded the Golden Apple Award.  In a surprise presentation by Patrice Wood from News Channel 10, RI Commissioner of Education Ken Wagner, and Cumberland Superintendent Robert Mitchell, Ms. Paradis was awarded the Golden Apple Award during her 4th period class on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.  Ms. Paradis was nominated by current 9th grade Cumberland High School student, Lindsay Sousa, and her mother Rebecca Riley.

Ms. Riley described that Ms. Paradis “has quietly gone above and beyond” for her students.  She went on to explain that “Middle school can be a difficult time of transition for adolescents, especially girls -- and Ms. Paradis has served as a beacon of light for students who are lucky enough to walk into her classroom...She is warm and welcoming to all students with a big smile...Ms. Paradis takes time to give detailed comments and feedback regarding presentations, writing and homework to each of her students.”  Ms. Riley recalled a time when she went to get the mail, and found a handwritten letter made out to her from Ms. Paradis that said she wanted to take the time to acknowledge Lindsay's hard work and efforts this year, that it was noticeable, and she was happy to have her in class.

Ms. Riley also wrote, “Ms. Paradis took the time to implement a new after school program called Wonder Women.  It is focused on issues teenage girls are facing and how they can change the world. She meets with them every week for an hour after school and focuses on new topics, ranging from keeping journals, fitness, and public speaking.” Finally, Ms. Riley stated that Ms. Paradis “is the true epitome of a teacher and one that I know my daughter will not forget.”

The surprise presentation will air on February 14th at 6:00 P.M. on NBC  10 News.