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Tricia Abbott

Position: Kindergarten Teacher
School: Hope Valley Elementary School
School District: Chariho Regional School District
City, State: Hope Valley, RI

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Tricia Abbott was nominated by a colleague, Mary Ann Mello.

"Tricia Abbott was born to be a Kindergarten teacher," Mello said. "In the 18 years that I have worked with her, I have seen her give her heart and soul to her students and school. Tricia gives countless hours to make sure that her students receive the nurture they need along with their education. Tricia has gone above and beyond her duties to make "happy" phone calls to parents to ensure that each child's strengths are highlighted. She is able to command control of her classroom in a loving way, and students respond."

"This past Spring, when we all had to move to distance learning, Tricia worked wonders with her kindergarten students," said Mello. "She connected with them and provided them with the social emotional support they needed. Through her dance parties and fun interactive games, Tricia was able to stay connected with the students. Whenever I get to observe her in action, I am in awe of her ability to make teaching a room of 5 and 6 year olds easy."

Ms. Abbott has been a member of the Hope Valley Community for over 20 years and has received recognition for her excellence in teaching at the district level. She is known throughout the community, and requests for her classroom are in high demand. Ms. Abbott is able to find the positive in every student and forms bonds with each and every one of them. Her students leave kindergarten knowing that they are loved, respected and cared for. She's a team player who is willing to help anyone out when she can.

"I am privileged to be her colleague and honored to be her friend," said Mello.

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Comments (4)

Pat Moore Posted 7 days ago

Trish Abbott loves her kids and they know it! She knows how to draw out the shy, reserved child, and encourage ALL the kiddos to respect and affirm each other. Her class is a safe and loving place where children can both grow in their confidence--and be challenged (while having fun!). Along with ABCs and 123s, she teaches life lessons and community values in a way that really sticks with these littles. I love working alongside her in the classroom because I learn so much from her every single time I'm in there. She is a supportive and caring professional. She loves serving her kiddos and they bloom in her care!

Becky Champlin Posted 8 days ago

Mrs. Abbott is truly amazing. She makes parents at ease with putting their children in her capable and caring hands and she embraces every child with the comfort and support needed for their own success. My son Austin loved every moment in Mrs Abbott’s class and can’t wait to talk to her when he sees her in town or at the baseball field. One of the most memorable moments was when his little sister Alexis found out she too would have Mrs. Abbott; he was so excited that she was going to have “the best teacher and best year ever!” Both of our children had such an amazing experience transitioning into school thanks to Mrs. Abbott. I hope the community has many more years of watching her end of the school year play and listening to her read Mrs. Spitzer’s Garden. She is the personification of this book as she nurtures and cultivates her students to all be writers, readers, mathematicians and scientists at the end of kindergarten. We absolutely adore Mrs. Abbott.

Jeanine Mankoff Posted 9 days ago

Tricia is such an inspiring teacher and mom! She is often seen at the hockey rink completing work from school while supporting her 4 children. Tricia has an infectious energy that makes you want to join in the fun. Her children quickly feel they are loved and safe in her care. She inspires children to believe in themselves to rise to the highest learning expectations. Congratulations, Tricia, on a wonderful career! We are so blessed to work with you and learn from you!

Tom Meade Posted 9 days ago

Toward the end of the school year, Mrs. Abbott's morning at home and in the car hadn't gone well. In the classroom, she gathered her kindergarten students around her reading chair. She said she was feeling both sad and angry, and asked the little ones if they had any suggestions to help. One student suggested she close her eyes and breathe deeply. Another offered to get her a glass of water. A third child thought that talking to other adults -- her friends -- might help. Another suggested that she think happy (positive) thoughts. I will remember that moment always. One by one, the 5-year-olds spoke of kindness and strategies for life change.