Rosemarie Genovese

Rosemarie Genovese

5th Grade, Pond Road Middle School
16th year

What teacher had the biggest influence on you as a student & why?:

My 8th grade English teacher, Mr. Whitten, was the biggest influence on me because he taught me to expect better from and have confidence in myself. Additionally, my high school English teacher, Mrs. Crumpton, taught me grammar and vocabulary skills that stick with me to this day as a teacher and writer.

Favorite book: “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith

Favorite color: Seafoam

Favorite meal: Anything I didn’t have to cook.  

Hobbies: Long walks on the beach (no, seriously...I live at the beach, so…), reading, riding my bike, making terrible jokes, cross stitch, playing board games, planning my next travel adventure.

Favorite musical group: Pink Floyd (they’re my stranded-on-a-desert-island band), but I’ll listen to almost anything except death metal and country. 

Favorite teams: Florida State Seminoles, Minnesota Twins.

Favorite TV show: “The Office”

Favorite Movie: “Steel Magnolias”

Three for dinner: I’d invite Jimmy Carter because he’s seen and done so much with a quiet dignity and humility, my Granny because she was the kindest person I’ve ever known and I’d like to catch her up on my life and my Gramp because he was my person.

Proudest moment on the job: I’ve been doing this a long time, so there are many! My most recent proud moment was in the spring, when one of my former (but always) students won a pretty significant state award for some work he’s been doing in our district.

Fondest memory on the job: Again, there are so many. A former class of students somehow managed to pull off a surprise birthday party for me.

Hidden talent: I can throw a cast net pretty well.

What inspires you?: When I see the dedication of the teachers around me. It makes me want to be a better teacher and person.

How do you make connections with students?: I’m not really sure. I’ve always spoken to students like they’re real people and not children, regardless of their ages. I show a genuine interest in and try to find some common interest with them.

If you could pass on your wisdom: As long as you want to connect with students, you’re doing the right thing.

Is there a quote or saying that you live your life by: If you can’t get out of it, get into it and if you can’t get into it, get out of it.

What makes a good day at school?: I love making a goofy memory with kids.

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