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Nancy Carnevale (McGuirl), 60, of Cranston, passed away on Sunday, July 17, 2011. She was the wife of Generoso Carnevale for 38 years. Daughter of William and Barbara McGuirl. She is survived by her children, Barbara of Peabody, MA and Christopher and his wife, Amanda and grandchildren Amber and Cadence all of Cranston. She leaves her brother Steven McGuirl of Ashaway, RI.
Nancy was a person who truly lived each day as though it were a gift, and was grateful for every day she was given. She truly affected the lives of everyone she met; Nancy was a ray of sunshine on even the darkest of days.
Nancy was a teacher each and every day of her life. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Rhode Island in 1972 and her Master of Education Degree in Multicultural Urban Education ESL/Special Education from Rhode Island College in May 2004. Nancy first earned National Board Certification in English as a New Language in November 2000, and secured this Certification again in 2010.
Nancy was employed by the Central Falls School Department for twenty-three years, and was most proud to have spent the majority of her career there as a fifth-grade ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher at Veterans Memorial School. The children with whom Nancy worked simply loved her: it was thus a bittersweet event for those children when Nancy was named a Fulbright Scholar in March 2001, as this honor took her to Inhumas, Brazil for a six-week exchange program.
Nancy is well respected by her students and colleagues alike; respect well earned by truly affecting students in each of her classrooms every year. In addition to teaching those fifth-grade students in Central Falls, Nancy also served as a mentor in the Mentor Program for New Teachers since 1994, and was also an Adjunct Faculty Member at Providence College, Rhode Island College as well as Lesley University. Nancy made a decision to change the direction of her career beginning with what turned out to be her last days in the 2010-2011 school year; Nancy left the classroom and accepted a position as a SIOP Coach. Her fellow colleagues had great respect for her in this position, many of whom regularly and routinely requested her help. Her family was delighted for her to hold this new position, as it exponentially increased the number of students’ lives she was able to touch.
When her colleagues and friends learned of her cancer diagnosis earlier this year, they quickly decided to set up the Nancy A. Carnevale Urban Teacher Award for Excellence in ELL (English Language Learners) Teaching for PreK-12. In this award, Nancy was described as “[a] lifelong advocate for children, she took every opportunity to acquire the latest ELL teaching practices so that she could promote success for her students in every way possible. She is honored for her passion, her love for and unwavering dedication to her students, her collaborative nature and for her clarity of vision that teaching is most successful when you “teach from the heart.” Nancy participated in setting forth the selection criteria for the nominees of this award, each of which was intricately weaved into the fabric of Nancy’s teaching philosophies. Those criteria include (but are not limited to) the following:
· Have genuinely high expectations for all children and invest fully in their learning
· Demonstrate a history of genuine caring and creating strong relationships with urban ELL children and their families
· Be a person whose approach to teaching is that of “teaching from the heart”
· Create a classroom environment that makes children feel like they are part of a family
· Be advanced in his/her knowledge and skills regarding ELL teaching practices
· Demonstrate a history of mentoring and inspiring other teachers
· Demonstrate a history of being a true and tireless advocate for ELL children
In addition to her immediate family listed above, Nancy also leaves behind a very close extended family to whom Nancy was a beloved niece, aunt, cousin and friend. Nancy’s extended family also includes many dear friends and colleagues to whom Nancy was a devoted friend.
A Memorial Mass for Nancy Carnevale will take place on August 6th at 10am in St. Benedict's Church. 135 Beach Avenue, Warwick, R.I. 02889.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to:
The Nancy Carnevale Urban Teacher Award/RITELL,
(RI Teachers of ELLs)
Rhode Island College
600 Mt. Pleasant Avenue
Providence, RI 02908