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Henry County teacher a finalist for Georgia Teacher of the Year
by Nneka M. Okona
March 27, 2013 02:13 PM | 3328 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Georgia’s Teacher of the Year finalist, Barbara Rosolino, stands in her classroom at Eagle’s Landing High School.
Georgia’s Teacher of the Year finalist, Barbara Rosolino, stands in her classroom at Eagle’s Landing High School.
Barbara Rosolino, an English teacher at Eagles’ Landing High School in McDonough, may soon be touted with the honor of a lifetime — being named the 2014 Georgia Teacher of the Year.

Rosolino, along with nine other finalists, was whittled down from 155 total applicants.

The winner will be announced May 3 at the Georgia Teacher of the Year banquet, at the Georgia International Convention Center.

When Rosolino first heard of her being named a finalist, she was ecstatic.

“I cannot put into words what my reaction was,” she said. “What I can say is that I was so excited and full of joyful tears, and when I returned to my classroom, my students applauded for me, which just floored me.”

Although Rosolino has only been an educator with Henry County since 2002, becoming an educator was a lifelong dream, one that began in her childhood.

“I really always wanted to be a teacher,” she said. “As a child, I used to teach my younger brother or my dolls and I would really dream of having papers to grade. I loved to learn and have always been fascinated with the way in which people get information and retain it.”

Her love of books and the written language fueled her desire to teach English.

She landed her current English teaching position through happenstance.

“One of my dear friends was teaching at Eagle’s Landing at the time and she told me they were hiring English teachers,” she said.

Rosolino reached out to then principal — now superintendent — Ethan Hildreth, Ph.D., for an interview.

Since then, she has collected a myriad of memories, including last year’s Advanced Placement Literature class collecting money and purchasing a Kindle as a parting gift.

“After so many years, it’s really difficult to pinpoint one experience,” she said.

Rosolino mentioned the support from students after returning from surgery or past students contacting her as particularly memorable aspects of her job.

She was, however, insistent that leaving a lasting impact on her students is what drives her to be the educator she is today.

“The fact that I may have encouraged someone to press on even when it seems impossible to make any kind of progress is such an incredible feeling, a feeling that validates who and what I am,” she said.

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