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Donna Marcaccio

Position: Fifth Grade Teacher
School: Lillian Feinstein School at Sackett Street
School District: Providence Public Schools
City, State: Providence, RI

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Donna Marcaccio was nominated anonymously.

Ms. Marcaccio has the unique ability to make a child want to achieve. She uses her own money to purchase incentives for her students to do their work when it's not interesting. During the pandemic, using distance learning, she was able to engage her students to want to turn on their computers in the morning. Her students always have great things to say about her. Just ask them. 

Her job is to prepare them for middle school, which is no small feat. She always participated in extracurricular activities, graduation, dances , etc. 

"I know personally, that she volunteered to coach her school's basketball team, not knowing anything about coaching, because they would not have a team if she didn’t offer to help," said her nominator.

Former students come up to her outside of school to thank her for encouraging them to read. She told them they can visit the world through books. She also had a raffle for a new winter jacket. It was "rigged." A student's name was the only one entered because he had no jacket for the cold weather. 

Ms. Marcaccio also solicits companies to donate so that the students can take field trips. 

"I can go on, but it's hard to keep track of all the good she has done in her career. Please consider this excellent human being," said her nominator.