Beloved teacher Ric Saborio is retiring this year, after teaching at Hanaford then Eldredge since 1999. Eldredge Principal Dom Giusti –who taught alongside Saborio early on at Hanaford – offered a moving tribute to his friend and colleague at the School Committee meeting Tuesday, June 3.
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A beautiful and well deserved tribute. Ric, (if you read comments!) you were a wonderful asset to the Hanaford team. You and Pam Testoni made 4th grade a great year for my daughter: your friendship, collaboration and devotion to the students benefited both classrooms. Thanks for that, and for coaching the Girl Scout troop through their theatrical year end production. You brought theatre alive for a lot of kids over the years – well done. Good thing you ditched that radio career and went into teaching LOL. Big hugs to you and Gayle from the Hinmans.
As a Paraprofessional in the East Greenwich school system for many years, I’m honored to say that the time I spent in Ric’s classroom was inspirational. Ric was not only an extremely motivating and caring teacher, but his lessons were so creative, open ended, and truly allowed for differentiated instruction. When he taught his students about a subject, he also taught them about life lessons. One of my favorite lessons that he taught was when the students built bridges out of toothpicks. Each student was assigned an actual job that one would need if they actually built a bridge in real life. They were designers, construction workers, accountants, engineers, etc… This activity was a wonderful integration of math, science, art, drafting, problem solving and engineering. Ric had students measure, design, construct, and calculate the cost of their bridges. Eventually, the students tested their bridge’s strength, ultimately leaving only one left standing. The students had so much fun and learned so much from this lesson. Ric always motivated his students to think for themselves and be excited. Ric Saborio is a teacher and friend that I will always respect and honor. I found this quote expresses the total essence of Ric’s greatness.
“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” Ric truly inspires his students. If we all can learn from him, the world would be a happier place. Ric you will be truly missed in our school system!
Ric, unfortunately I was always too old to be a student in your class. But I can honestly say, you have taught me more in my lifetime by simply being the extraordinary human being you are than any erudite prof I know on the planet! Congratulations on this awesome recognition my dear friend!