An ode to all the wonderful teachers at Rose
BY EMMY BARCELONA ON NOVEMBER 25, 2014
Filling out college applications brings a lot of things to mind: clubs I’ve been a part of, teams I've played for and the people I’ve met. The college application process has helped me realize the impact that my past teachers have had on my time at Rose. Teachers do a lot for the students at Rose that often go unrecognized. They’re doing more than their set requirements in order for them to get their paychecks. From this realization, I’d like to thank all of the teachers who have played a part in my road to graduation.
First, I’d like to thank Tim Dameron. He’s been a part of my life as a Rose student since I was a freshman, and I owe a lot to him. He’s taught me the importance of family and character both on and off the soccer field. As my coach, he has helped me grow as a player. As my teacher, he has solidified my hatred for math. Dameron has always been supportive of me and has taught me that sometimes sass and sarcasm go hand in hand. I have had some of the worst and best days in his classroom, whether they be crying over a test grade or laughing at one of his hilarious stories.
Another person who has affected my soccer career is Jed Smith. I’ve never been lucky enough to have him as a teacher, but I’m sure he runs the classroom the same way he runs the soccer field. The phrase “on the line” strikes fear through me more than any other. As my coach, Smith has taught me much of the same things that Dameron has taught me. Things such as family being a top priority. He’s taught me to play with pride no matter what the outcome may be. Thanks to him, I know to act with both pride and character, not for others but for myself.
With college approaching, I’ve already decided to major in English. Ashley Hutchinson has been my journalism teacher and English teacher since my sophomore year, and I’d like to think my writing skills have improved because of her. The periods in her English class were long and tiring, filled with essay prompts and “articles of the week.” The work was hard but worth it in the end. There is no doubt in my mind that I have her to thank for my high scores in Reading and Writing on the SAT.
There are plenty of other teachers that have brought me to this point that I just don’t have enough room to mention. Like Mrs. Noles, who has taught me that every Friday deserves to be High-Five Friday. There’s Ms. Harris, who I’m sure has taught us all that squirrels are rats with wings and the true terror of Greenville. I’ve never had Mr. Leach as a teacher, but he’ll always be the first impression I had of Rose that day of freshman orientation with his ever present smile and crazy activity ideas. The truth is, every teacher here has affected my high school experience in some way and I don’t know what it would’ve been like without them. So to the students, appreciate your teachers and be thankful for what they do for you each day. And to the teachers, thank you for all that you have done for me and the class of 2015. You have made these four years some of the best of my life and I can’t thank you enough.