Angélica Infante-Green, Rhode Island’s new commissioner of elementary and secondary education, paid a visit to Garden City Elementary School on May 1.
Infante-Green, who arrives in the Ocean State from New York, began her new position on April 29. Her whirlwind first week included visiting schools across the state and meeting with parents, students and educators.
At Garden City Elementary, Infante-Green was greeted by an unofficial “welcoming committee” of students and staff as well as Superintendent Jeannine Nota-Masse and Assistant Superintendent Norma Cole. She was accompanied by several representatives from the Rhode Island Department of Education, including Deputy Commissioner MaryAnn Snider, who will be retiring in June.
The students spoke to the new commissioner about their school and what they love about it, such as the positive and respectful environment and various classroom activities.
As part of their welcome, the students gave letters to Infante-Green. Some were from an entire class, while others were from individuals. The letters included recommendations about what to do in Rhode Island, from trying Del’s Lemonade and coffee milk to visiting nearby Garden City Center.
As she toured the classrooms, Infante-Green made sure to stop and speak to students about what they were working on and learning. She observed blended and personalized learning as the students engaged in engineering activities, math lessons and writing projects, and she watched and interacted with students working independently in small groups or with their teacher in a station-rotation classroom model.