“I performed in every performance at school, and I was even the student director at one point,” she said.
Now in her 15th year teaching biology at Bishop Ireton, Rose began her journey to become a teacher when her husband, Wayne, was stationed in Florida on an assignment with the Navy. One of her friends hired her as a Physical Education teacher even though she had not previously taught in a classroom setting.
“I just kind of fell into it,” she said. “I taught various subjects at the elementary and high school levels for several years. When I was interviewed by former principal Fr. Matthew Hillyard, I had the opportunity to teach AP Biology. I thought that would be exciting since I loved my biology teacher in high school.”
When Rose began teaching at Bishop Ireton in 2004, Peggy Pasquale, who was the department chair of the science department, supported and mentored her during her first year. As the current science department chair, Rose is grateful for the guidance she received from Peggy.
“She was my mentor here,” she said. “She really taught me the ropes. Even though I had been a long-term sub before coming to BI, I hadn’t been in a classroom by myself when I started.”
One of Rose’s favorite things about Bishop Ireton is the camaraderie among the faculty and teaching science to the students every day. As a mother of four kids, she knows how to keep her classes engaging by conducting experiments such as mitosis on Oreo cookies.
“You have to like your clientele,” she said. “I like getting the students excited about science, being a good role model for them, letting them know that it’s okay to like their subject.”
One of her hobbies is bargain shopping, but she is committed to more than just finding the best deal; she’s also dedicated to staying healthy and active. She hits the gym every day at 4:55 a.m. to attend a spin class, lift weights, or run on the treadmill. During the summer, she enjoys exploring exotic destinations such as Mexico, Jamaica, and Maui.