I’m just reading this article about Mrs Rosalie Rosie Howell. She was my favorite teacher as well as my volleyball coach. Our team record wasn’t the best, to be honest with you we wasn’t good at all but she never gave up on us. Mrs. Howell would sometimes drive us home after the games. You should have seen us piled up in that car like clowns in the circus. It seemed like the more that got out of the car it still was twice as many still in the car. I was always the last one to be dropped off at home so I was the one on the bottom of the pile. I guess it’s a good thing I wasn’t a skinny girl, hey being hefty has its good points.
I look back now after all those years and I am thankful that she took the time to invest in us and our future. She wasn’t just a teacher she was also a mentor. I remembered we were at a volleyball tournament at Kearsley High School in Flint, MI. A Kearsley parent reported to Mrs. Howell that they saw Welch (me, our names were on the back of our jackets) in a student locker at Kearsley. Mrs Howell came to my defense and said no it couldn’t have been Welch because I wasn’t the type of kid to get into trouble. Well it was me but it was my boyfriend’s locker (Mr) he was a student at Kearsley and he was with me at the time. She said that she knew I wasn’t doing anything wrong. I was so proud that Mrs. Howell thought highly of me to come to my defense. I just hope that my grand kids will come across a teacher/mentor like Mrs. Howell in their schooling. Thank you Mrs. Howell from the bottom of my heart.
Retired teacher continues inspiring with gardening
MT. MORRIS TOWNSHIP (WJRT) – (06/03/16) – She’s a small town celebrity with a quick wit and giant heart. After teaching for 45 years, Ms. Rosie Howell never really retired and can’t stay away from Beecher High School.
She’s supposed to be relaxing, but instead, she’s the unofficial grounds keeper at the school.
“I believe people should see beauty and if you see beauty, you will create more beauty,” Howell said.
Her sharp tongue, as she calls it, is part of the reason she’s gained the respect of literally thousands of students.
Former student, turned assistant principal at the high school, Lance Sumpter, is the one behind getting some recognition from the school board this week.
“As an educator, I’m motivated by Ms. Howell to go over and beyond and help wherever I see fit I can pay it forward, what she did for so many of us,” Sumpter said.
Howell even hires kids from the school who need a little extra money to help with the plants.
During her tenure at the school, she was a volleyball coach. She still helps out the team buying pizza and T-shirts with her own money, on her own time.