Mrs. Rose: An Interview


The interview we have all been waiting for: Mrs. Rose.

Daniel Snodgrass and Austin Gray

It was a dark and stormy night—thunder roared and lightning flashed. We knew we had to ask Mrs. Rose the questions…but could we do it?

Yes, but after the sacrifice of Austin’s right leg and my spleen. You’re welcome.

–      How have you liked teaching at North Forsyth? 

Teaching at North has been the highlight of my career.  I am very thankful for all the opportunities I have had to be a creative teacher here.  I am truly lucky.”

–      Who or what can you dedicate your success to?

“I work really hard, but I would have to say that the kids I teach are the ones who are the real teachers.  They show me how to be better each year.  If it weren’t for the kids I teach, I wouldn’t know how to teach.”

      What is your favorite part about teaching?

“I love the students.  I really love the relationships we build, the banter, the fun.  I also love watching students grow. I really do get to see kids become better, become smarter, become thinkers and writers.  It’s really a joyous thing to get to be a part of.”

      How long have you been teaching?

“I have been teaching for 15 years.”

      How many courses have you taught?

“Writer’s Workshop, Journalism, AP Language, 9th grade and composition, 9th grade honors, 11th grade American Lit, 6th grade language arts, 7th grade language arts, 7th grade gifted language arts.”

     What made you want to be a teacher?

“The summer before my senior year of high school, I went to Emory for the summer scholars program.  I took two college courses:  English 101 and Biology.  My English professor, Dr. Bauerline, helped me understand how to be confident about my reading and writing voice.  He taught us how to write with conciseness and boldness.  I had never had a teacher who took me through a challenging subject and helped me understand my inner confidence.  I actually always struggled in high school with my confidence in reading, so it was a great experience to realize I had a powerful mind and an equally powerful written voice.  He inspired me to become a teacher because it was that confidence and power that I wanted to help instill in others.  I knew from that moment that I wanted to become a teacher.”

     Are you looking forward to working at Lambert?

“Yes, I am looking forward to working with a new staff.  I don’t want to leave my students here, but I am excited to meet a new group of kids and watch them grow.”

    What do you think your greatest achievement has been while here?

“I would say the literary magazine — creating it, making a class that works to create it.  It has been a labor of love.”

     Do you have any jobs out of school?

“I am a mother.  That’s the most important job I have.  My husband owns Mia’s Pizza and Eats, and I help him with the website, the facebook page, and email marketing.  I also help him come up with new ideas and recipes from time to time.”

  If you could have any job besides teaching what would it be?

“I would want to be a farmer.  I have become deeply moved by the local foods movement, and I love to garden.  Having a husband who owns a restaurant makes me see the way we eat food from a completely different perspective.  I would love to be a farmer who sold mainly to restaurants.  I think it would be a lot of hard work, but it would be fulfilling in a different way.”

  What is your favorite movie?

“Hannah and Her Sisters”

 What is your favorite catchphrase?

“Have a great weekend!  Make good choices and come back safely!”

  What is your favorite brand of window cleaner?  


   If you could have one superpower what would it be, and why?

“I would like to be able to travel back in time.”

  What will you miss the most?

“I will miss my students the most.”