Charlie Blanchette at Grand Tetons N.P..JPG
Charlie Blanchette - Grand Teton National Park -2011
hails from Coventry, RI where he and his wife Lynn, the director of the Coventry Public Library, are the 5th generation to live in their 1790 home. (Built the same year that George Washington became the first President of the U.S., and Rhode Island was the last of the original 13 states to ratify the U.S. Constitution) He is a Social Studies teacher at Alan Shawn Feinstein Middle School in Coventry, RI (19 years) and an Adjunct Professor of Geography in the Education Dept. at Providence College (13 years). Charlie has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Rhode Island, (1975). After a varied career in the private sector, including sales management, marketing, advertising, and public relations, Charlie earned a teaching certificate from URI (1994), and his M.A. in Secondary Education- History from the University of Rhode Island(1999).
Charlie has been a leading advocate of Service Learning and created the S.A.V.E. program (Students Against Vandalism Everywhere) in 2005, which has earned more than a dozen national, regional and state awards, including Youth Crime Watch of America's 2008 National Advisor of the Year, 2007 National Middle School Program of the Year, and two (2) National Youth of the Year awards. He was the founder of National Stop Bullying Day/April Friends Day, and a member of CABINS (Communities Against Bullying In Schools).
He has been a presenter at multiple national conferences (Youth Crime Watch of America, National Youth Leadership Conference), and regional and state conferences (RI Third Eye, New England Youth Leadership Conference). Additionally, Charlie has conducted multiple professional development seminars and workshops for the RI Middle Level Educators (RIMLE), RI Civics Institute, and New England Social Studies Conference. He was on the executive board of the RI Attorney General's RI Third Eye program, a statewide anti-bullying and character-building and training program for K-12 youth with over 52 schools involved.

He is an avid collector or antique American bottle and glass. He is an avid golfer and has participated in Civil War re-enactments at the 135th, 140th, and 145th Gettysburg, and the 145th Antietam events as a member of Battery B- Rhode Island Light Artillery. He also was the author of The Tranformation of Centreville: French-Canadians in the Pawtuxet Valley; American-French Genealogical Society (1998), and speaks French. Charlie was also the varsity soccer coach at Coventry High School, and the baseball coach at Coventry Middle School. He is very proud of his two sons, Mark, who earned his PhD in Bio-kinesiology from the University of Southern California, and Kyle, a URI grad and actor, technical director, and set builder presently working in Boston.


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Link to Dyad Project

Cool Tools Reflection

Final Reflection