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Andrew Rosene is UCPS 2010-11 Teacher of the Year

Andrew Rosene has been named the UCPS 2010-11 Teacher of the Year. He is pictured with David Dahari, a science teacher at Marvin Ridge High School and currently the 2010 Southwest Regional Teacher of the Year and Porter Ridge High School Spanish teacher Jessica Garner, at right, the 2009-10 AT&T North Carolina Teacher of the Year.

For the second time in as many years, the Union County Public Schools top teacher award has gone to a male teacher.
Union County Public Schools named Andrew Rosene, a Spanish teacher at Cuthbertson High School, as its 2010-2011 Teacher of the Year during its April 22, 2010, Teacher of the Year Banquet. David Dahari, a science teacher at Marvin Ridge High School, made history in Union County last year by being the first male teacher ever to win the county’s top teacher title.
Rosene said he was not expecting to hear his name called. “I was totally surprised, but thrilled to be chosen to represent Union County and Cuthbertson High School, because it’s a new school,” he said. “I’m really quite thrilled.”
Rosene, 37, a 12-year veteran teacher, has taught in Union County Public Schools for the past eight years. This Iowa native began teaching in Union County in 2002 at Weddington High School and then transferred to Cuthbertson High School when it opened in August 2009.
His principal, Rob Jackson, was not surprised that Rosene was chosen to represent Union County. “Mr. Rosene is the epitome of an exceptional teacher because he always puts his kids first and he makes learning fun,” he said. “Every time I walk into his classroom, his students are smiling. They’re engaged in the lesson. You may even find them out of their seats singing or dancing.”
Jackson said one of Rosene’s strong suits is his use of technology in the classroom. “He’s a great teacher in the area of technology, with the utilization of the Smart Board. In fact, he has taught me a lot about technology, and so I’ve found myself learning from Mr. Rosene, as well. It’s a well-deserved honor. I certainly appreciate all that he brings to Cuthbertson High School.”
Just prior to Rosene being named, Dahari reflected on the past year, noting that it was a yearlong learning experience. “My year has been extremely busy, but I really enjoyed it,” he said. “I’ve learned more this year than I probably did in the past several years teaching. We get to meet the people behind the scenes, the people behind the curtain like in the Wizard of Oz. We meet all the people that are pulling all the strings and getting everything to work and letting us function. It’s really interesting.”
Dahari, who went on to win the 2010 Southwest Regional Teacher of the Year title, will now go on to compete on the state level, which will be held in Raleigh in early May.
As for advice to other teachers, Rosene said teachers must remember that educators need to rely on each other for support and guidance. “None of us can do it alone; whether we’re Teacher of the Year or someone who is still waiting to be recognized. We really need each other to be successful. I can’t do my job unless everyone else does his or her job. And I really appreciate the team that I work with at Cuthbertson High School."
Rosene received his bachelor’s degree in Spanish and psychology from Indiana University and his Master’s in Spanish language and culture from Universidad de Salamanca in Spain.
For winning the countywide Teacher of the Year title, Rosene will receive $500, a laptop computer and a Teacher of the Year ring.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Apr 23, 2010 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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