Teacher of the Year: Rosa Hough

Tell me a little bit about your background and what led you to become a teacher.

Answer: I have always been involved in planning activities throughout high school and college and when I graduated from Albion College in 2000, I was going to take a year off before I went to grad school for student activities. My grandma saw in the paper a teacher certification program being offered for the first time at Saginaw Valley State University and after a year, I would have my teacher certification. The program had you take classes, sub half the day and then student teach the other half of the day. I figured I have always loved school, so why not give this a shot. I student taught right here at High School North and absolutely fell in love with the job. The working with the students and teaching U.S. History, which is a subject I have always loved, become more than just taking a year off before grad school and I could see becoming a teacher.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

Answer: The most rewarding aspect of the job is the relationships I build with the staff and my students through the social studies classes I teach and the clubs I have run over the years. Seeing a student get excited about social studies always brightens my day. I also co-sponsor Student Council and watching the kids strengthen their leadership skills is also very rewarding.
I don’t see this just as a job. Instead this is my calling and something I was meant to do and I absolutely love coming to work every day. If you have me either 1st hour or even 6th, I strive to have the same enthusiasm and passion for my job on a daily basis and love working at High School North. I hope to retire from this school.

What stories stand out from your years of teaching?

Taking students to Europe in 2005 and sadly being there when one of the trains with the London subway was bombed. We had just ridden the subway earlier and it was a scary moment for all of us.
Working with my mentor teacher, Ms. Kimberly Kozian was such a great honor and I miss her terribly. It was great to work alongside her when I had her as my high school yearbook and journalism teacher at Mt. Clemens H.S. and then to work alongside her.
Being a class sponsor with Kimberly Martin and trying to figure out how to build a float.
Teaching Leadership Class – too many great memories to name just one. However, my favorite was that two graduates from the Class of 2010 started dating while in my class. When they were married in 2015, they invited me to their wedding and it was quite an honor.

What does this nomination mean to you?

I feel very honored and humbled by this award. I absolutely LOVE what I do. Teaching is one of my greatest joys and I have loved the past 17 years in this profession and cannot wait to teach for as long as I can. I am proud to be a part of Crusader Nation and work with such an amazing staff and build wonderful relationships with my students. I cried when they presented this to me as a surprise at a staff meeting and they even invited my family. It was a moment I will never forget and am forever grateful to receive this award. An award for doing a job that I absolutely enjoy coming to work for every single day ☺

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