The Honors English and AP Literature and Composition teacher at Eagle’s Landing High School recently won Henry County Schools’ Teacher of the Year award, something she dubbed as one of the highlights of her 34-year career.
As a young child, Rosolino loved literature and she admired her teachers, which kick started her interest in pursuing education as a profession. Her desire was solidified when she saw a performance of “King Lear” during Shakespeare in the Park in her hometown of New York.
In college, Rosolino was met with discouragement for entering the education profession.
“It was a time when there were no teaching jobs,” she said. The adage at the time for students pursuing teaching was that after college, the only thing they would be headed toward is the unemployment line.
“If you didn’t love it, you shouldn’t do it,” was the advice given those days, Rosolino said. “But I loved it.”
She taught in New York, Ohio and Georgia before coming to Eagle’s Landing, where she has taught for 11 years.
Rosolino’s teaching style has been described as energetic and engaging — she’s even known to act out scenes from literary pieces — and after 34 years, she said she draws her energy from her students.
“It’s always about the kids,” she said. “The kids rejuvenate me. They help me define what it is I do.”
She said her students are intelligent and perceptive.
“They notice everything, so you always have to be on your A-game,” Rosolino said.
But it’s her passion, too.
“It’s also when you’re propelled by love — when you’re excited about where you’re going and who you’re going to be with,” she said.
Rosolino even finds the energy to stay late on the weekdays and have one-on-one sessions during the weekends to accommodate her students’ busy schedules.
On top of that, she has coached the mock trial team for the past eight years, earning the title of South Metro Champions four years out of seven.
Rosolino initially got involved with the team when her son Mike — now a third year law student at Tulane University — joined.
“These are students who are so committed to excellence,” she said.
Rosolino and her husband Jeff also have a daughter Elizabeth, who will be studying medicine at the University of Houston.
Both of Rosolino’s parents attended the Teacher of the Year ceremony on Oct. 18.
“It was like one of the most special nights of their lives,” she said.