The ROSE Award honors the best of Rockwood. This year,
more than 250 nominations were submitted with stories highlighting excellence of character, leadership, performance and extraordinary service to Rockwood. Teachers, principals, nurses, secretaries, parent volunteers and community members cover just some of the people who were nominated.
"I think that the record number of ROSE nominations shows the appreciation for teachers and staff for all of the extra energy and effort during this year of learning during a pandemic," said Molly Rundquist, a ROSE committee chair and school counselor at Selvidge Middle. "In my 33 years of education, I have never seen teachers and staff working so diligently, being incredibly flexible in what they do and how they do it. Even at the very last minute, with sudden changes in plans as the uncertain nature of this situation plays out. This is a year none of us will ever forget."
The ROSE Selection Committee is now working hard to review each and every one of the nominations. In early March, ROSE committee chairs will set out with balloons and roses to surprise 15 honorees with one of the district's greatest recognitions.
A Unique Nomination
This year, one individual, Robert Jimenez, shared a ROSE Award nomination for every Rockwood teacher. In honor of our hardworking teachers, we would like to share what Mr. Jimenez had to say:
"In light of the current COVID-19 restrictions and how Rockwood has responded to the county health restrictions, I would like to nominate ALL current Rockwood teachers who risked their personal health for the ROSE Award," Jimenez stated in his nomination. "Our teachers rose to the challenge and exceeded my expectations."
He acknolwedged their service to the district. "All the modes of teaching that are currently being employed demonstrate the valuable service Rockwood teachers are doing. The virtual and in-person teachers have done a fantastic job considering that the conditions are unprecedented."
Winners will be honored at a special ceremony and dinner on Sunday, May 2 – along with Cornerstone, Teacher of the Year, Retirees and Service Award honorees.
Congratulations to the 2021 ROSE Nominees!
Mary Jo Bauer
Dr. Kimberly Dickens
Dr. Michelle Fitzsimmons
Dr. Dan Gieseler
Dr. Stephen Hankins
Dr. Carmen Harris
Dr. Karen Hedrick
Dr. Emily McCown
Dr. Katy Schierding