Treasurer Magaziner Names Cranston High School East’s Meaghan McGonagle Financial Literacy Educator of the Year

Published on Thursday, June 23, 2022

Financial Literacy Educator of the Year awarded to teachers who provide students with high-quality personal finance education 

General Treasurer Seth Magaziner today joined Cranston Public School District Superintendent Jeannine Nota-Masse, Cranston High School East Principal Seak Kelly, and members of the Cranston High School East community to posthumously award Meaghan McGonagle the Rhode Island 2022 Financial Literacy Educator of the Year award. Treasurer Magaziner’s Financial Literacy Educator of the Year award recognizes teachers who excel in and out of the classroom to provide their students with the financial literally skills they need to successfully navigate our complex financial system.  

"Meaghan McGonagle was a beloved teacher with a young family who touched the lives of countless Cranston East students in meaningful ways,” said General Treasurer Seth Magaziner. “We honor her memory and her many accomplishments in advancing our goal of providing high-quality personal finance lessons to all Rhode Island students by awarding her the Financial Literacy Educator of the Year award.”  

McGonagle taught business and coached the boys’ and girls' volleyball teams at Cranston High School East before passing away at age 41 from Covid-19 in December 2021.  

"Meg was more than just our teacher and colleague. She was a tremendous coach, role model, and most importantly mother. She loved her family, her children, and her parents," said Cranston High School East Principal Seak Kelly. "On a personal note, Meg was a tremendous teacher. I always enjoyed going into her classroom to hear the latest question of the day, joking with her and her students on the latest news around the school, or just listening to her conversations with kids about her subject matter. Her impact on the lives of her students and players will be felt for years to come. I think about her almost every day and miss her tremendously."

McGonagle was nominated for the award by Cranston East Guidance Counselor Jodi Murphy. "Meg was more than just an extraordinary teacher, she was a remarkable mother, daughter, colleague, coach, and friend," said Cranston East Guidance Counselor Jodi Murphy. "She inspired students to do their best both on and off the court. She was the heart and soul of Cranston East. Her dedication to her job, her students, and the players on her teams were extraordinary. She has impacted so many people in so many ways. I miss her tremendously as well."

Previous honorees include Robert D’Arezzo of Pawtucket’s Tolman High School, Maria Tavarozzi of Newport’s Rogers High School, Dr. Patricia Page of East Greenwich High School, Richard Garland of North Kingstown High School, Anthony Avicolli of North Providence High School, and James Gemma, who teachers fifth grade at Rhodes Elementary School in Cranston.