Johnston middle school teacher wins ‘Golden Apple’


As her classroom filled bulletin board to desk, Nicholas A. Ferri Middle School Teacher Joan Wright held her “Golden Apple” close to her heart last Thursday.

“The nomination and recognition of Joan Wright for the Golden Apple honor is one of the most deserving,” said Johnston Public Schools Superintendent Bernard DiLullo Jr. “This teacher goes about her day only focused on the needs of her students not only academically, but emotionally and physically.”

Wright posed with the Golden Apple, her family, and school administrators following the award ceremony at lunch last Thursday.

“She teaches her students throughout the regular school year and in our summer program as well to ensure support and consistency for each of them,” DiLullo said. “During the pandemic, Mrs. Wright was virtually present each day as she had to work from home for that year.”

The Golden Apple is a joint public/private venture, presented by both the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) and a local Providence television news station.

“The Golden Apple Award honors those who believe in the true spirit of teaching by making classrooms a creative and safe place to learn,” according to the state Department of Education website. “NBC 10 and the Rhode Island Department of Education are teaming up to recognize outstanding teachers in our communities. Winning educators will receive a $250 contribution from Ocean State Credit Union.”

NBC 10 and RIDE are looking for Golden Apple nominees.

“If you know an outstanding teacher who deserves recognition for their efforts in the classroom, you can nominate them using the form at,” according to RIDE. “You can also see the names and profiles of previous Golden Apple award winners on the site.”

Wright smiled and thanked the room full of friends for recognizing her efforts.

“Mrs. Wright works with middle school students who require significant support as she ensures they all work to their highest potential within their differing abilities,” DiLullo said. “Visiting her classroom is truly an inspiration for any educator as it is a model of reaching every student every day.”