Dr. Rosa S. Trotter has taught in the Colonial School District for 48 years, spending most of her time in the same room.
Over the years, Trotter has touched and inspired the lives of countless children – thousands, as she puts it.
She has the ability to make any child feel comfortable and engaged in learning.
“I try to engage them by showing them how much I care and how much I love to learn,” Trotter says.
His classroom has also hosted generations of families.
“It was like a second home when you started. Those first-day jitters as a little kid, they kind of went away immediately,” says Gabriel Phillips, a former Trotter student and current Colonial School District employee.
After a long and successful career, Trotter made the difficult decision to retire at the end of the year.
“Sometimes we have to move on to another chapter,” she says.
The positivity spread far beyond the classroom to her fellow teachers who got a special surprise for her retirement.
The staff decided to present him with an engraved plaque to honor his service in the district.
“The greatest gift I received in life was becoming a kindergarten teacher,” Trotter said.
After the presentation of the plaque, her students surrounded her with hugs to which she replied: “I love my babies”.
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