Rosa Taylor teacher/former student retires | News
Built in 1958, Rosa Taylor Elementary holds a special place in Beth Anderson's heart. It's where her academic journey began. Anderson was one of the first students to attend the school. She vividly remembers it.
"Chalk boards, yellow chalk, green chalk boards, wonderful teachers who really cared about children. That's when I decided that I wanted to be a teacher," said Anderson.
That choice led to a 40-year career. "I think I love teaching because of all the possibilities. A child comes into a classroom and maybe they don't quite understand math, or reading and it's just exciting to me to see the process of learning," said Anderson.
Now she's ending her journey at the same place where it began. With hugs and letters students bid goodbye to one of their favorite teachers.
"You helped us a lot and stuff we did not know you helped us, you are the best," said Asia Jarrell.
"I had trouble with division and she really helped me with that," said Seth Curlee.
"She can be a little bit really serious at some times, but mostly she is the nicest teacher is what I say," said Erin Sutton.
Rosa Taylor just isn't a workplace for Anderson. It's where she can remember her father, who she said was one the first presidents of its parent teacher association. "This class was wonderful to me. They walked me through the death of my father this year, and so to end my career here at Rosa Taylor, where my dad was so much an influence on my life, is really, really a special time in my life," said Anderson.
Anderson said she plans on spending more time with her family and perhaps working in education part time.