HENRY COUNTY, GA – Eagle’s Landing High School AP Literature and Composition teacher Barbara Rosolino has been named a top ten finalist for the state’s top teaching honor. The news was announced by State Superintendent Dr. John Barge and the Georgia Department of Education on Monday.
Rosolino earned the Teacher of the Year for Henry County Schools in October of 2012, out of 50 local teachers, and is now in the top 10 out of 155 candidates.
Rosolino was quick to show her appreciation for all the support she has received throughout her 34-year career. “I am indebted to my friends, my parents, my brothers, my children, and most especially, my husband for their encouragement and support,” said Rosolino, “and I would like to acknowledge their influence and patience in helping me realize my dream to teach high school English.”
“There are many others who have nurtured me as a teacher, including my principals, my students, my colleagues, and the parents of my students, who have provided me with a different lens to see the world and their children.”
As a finalist, Rosolino will now take part in video observations and interviews conducted by a state panel of judges. The 10 finalists will all give speeches in April at a luncheon sponsored by Georgia Power, and the state winner will be announced at the Georgia Teacher of the Year Banquet on May 3, 2013.
“We are extremely proud of Barbara Rosolino and her representation of Henry County Schools,” said Dr. Ethan Hildreth, Superintendent of Henry County Schools. “Student success depends upon outstanding teachers who care deeply about their students and challenge them to achieve at high levels. Ms. Rosolino exemplifies these qualities, and we could not be more pleased with her selection as a finalist for the state teacher of the year award. She has earned this outstanding recognition.”
The New York native earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in English from State University of New York at Stony Brook. A National Board Certified teacher, Rosolino has lived in Georgia with her family since 1990 and taught in Henry County Schools since 2002.
Eagle’s Landing High School Principal Gabe Crerie spoke without hesitation when sharing what makes Rosolino a perfect candidate to represent not only Henry County Schools, but also the state of Georgia.
“She has the combination of content knowledge, experience, pedagogical mastery, passion, excitement, work ethic, involvement, will, and caring that continually gets the best from her students,” said Crerie. “When observing in her classroom, I have to hold back because she is so good that she makes you want to jump in and join the classroom discussion.”
This is a notable achievement for any teacher, and that is not lost on Rosolino.
“After teaching for so many years, it feels as if the efforts I have made have been recognized and are a testament to the idea that hard work makes a difference, and that the consistent dedication of teachers everywhere should be respected and esteemed,” shared Rosolino.
This writer has to admit a kind affection for Mrs. Rosolino, having taught Number-One-Son as a student. For her dedication and professionalism, she is in my top ten list of teachers who made a difference in the lives of my children over the last thirty plus years.
Who are the “Teachers,” that made a difference in your life, and/or in the lives of your children?
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