North Smithfield reading specialist named 2016 Teacher of the Year

TRACY L. LAFRENIERE, left, was named the 2016 Teacher of the Year in a surprise ceremony Thursday at the school where she works - North Smithfield Elementary School. Next to her is Deborah A. Gist, commissioner of elementary and secondary education. / COURTESY GOVERNOR'S OFFICE
TRACY L. LAFRENIERE, left, was named the 2016 Teacher of the Year in a surprise ceremony Thursday at the school where she works - North Smithfield Elementary School. Next to her is Deborah A. Gist, commissioner of elementary and secondary education. / COURTESY GOVERNOR'S OFFICE
NORTH SMITHFIELD – Tracy L. Lafreniere was named Teacher of the Year in a surprise ceremony Thursday morning at North Smithfield Elementary School, where she works as a reading specialist and literacy coach. Lafreniere, who has spent her entire 17-year teaching career at the school, now becomes a candidate for the 2016 National Teacher of…
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