Our teacher feature of the week is Rosemary Legate, preschool teacher at Elkhorn Valley School.
Where did you graduate from high school? What year? Pope John, 1982
What college did you attend? Briar Cliff College 1982-1984 Early Childhood Education Associates Degree, Northeast Community College 1995-1997 Associates Degree, Wayne State College 1997-1999 Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Concordia University, Portland, Or 2013-2014 Masters in Early Childhood/Curriculum.
What places have you taught? Elkhorn Valley (Tilden)
How many years have you taught? 18 years
What subject/class do you teach? Preschool
What is your favorite part of teaching? Watching the excitement of wanting to be in school and wanting to learn and I love watching them grow and blossom as they learn new things.
What are you most excited about for the 2017-18 school year? Learning new techniques and ways of teaching, which I will be able to implement into my classroom.
Do you have any extracurricular activities you are in charge of? I am one of the Title One Coordinators and am in charge of organizing and teaching Summer School.
What are your classroom goals for the year? This is the largest class I have ever had so I guess my goal is being able to help each and every one of them learn and grow.
What brought you to teach here? The job opening came about the summer after I graduated. I had done some subbing here at Elkhorn Valley so knew a little bit about the school. I was hired in June to be a part time teacher but 4 days before school started, I became a full time 1st grade teacher because there had been so many new students enrolling. The first few years I moved around a lot in both, rooms and grade levels, but have been teaching preschool for 12 years now.
Can you tell me a little bit about your family? I have been married to my husband, Roger for 30 years. We have 3 children, Tyler who is married to Melissa. They are both teachers at Pierce. They also have a beautiful daughter Joan Marie. Joanie is our one and only grandchild. Colby works for Wortman Concrete Pumping out of Norfolk and does small concrete jobs on the side. Sonya lives in Wayne and will be finishing up her elementary degree in the near future, but in the meantime is doing a lot of subbing.
What are your hobbies? I love to spend time with my family, especially with my granddaughter Joanie. I also like to bake pies.