Mom - Rosie Olszewski retires after 39-year teaching career
Even as a child, Rosie Olszewski never had any doubt she would one day become a teacher. She never even considered another profession.
“I remember my mom and dad bought me a blackboard, and I used to pretend,” Olszewski said as she reminisced on when her passion for teaching began. “I’d take my little brother and make him sit down. It’s something that I always wanted to be. ... I never really thought of any other career, truthfully. I always wanted to be a teacher.”
And she did. For 39 years, Olszewski served as a high-school English teacher before her retirement on June 8. She taught 10th-grade English at West Orange High School for three years and then spent 24 years at Dr. Philips High School.
After earning her bachelor’s in language arts from Bowling Green State University, Olszewski began her career in 1971 at Maples Heights High School in Ohio. After teaching there for seven years, she and her husband moved to Florida where she earned a master’s degree in education from Stetson University.
“Well, in total I taught for 39 years,” Olszewski said as she chuckled and explained why she decided to retire. “So, I mean, you get to a certain point. It was just time for me to retire. I love the kids. I’m going to miss my students, but, you know, it’s about time to go on to another phase of my life.”
Her favorite part of her teaching career was her time spent teaching in Dr. Philips High School’s Center for International Studies magnet program. There, she was able to venture with her students to numerous countries, such as Germany, Spain Ireland, and England among others.
For Olszewski, one of the most challenging aspects of teaching was catering to the needs of a variety of students with different learning modes...read more