Rosso Named Maryland Dance Teacher of the Year
Release Date: 11/5/2010 12:12:46 PM
Shellie Rosso, a dance teacher at Francis Scott Key High School, has been named the 2010-2011 Dance Teacher of the Year by the Maryland Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
The Dance Teacher of the Year award is presented to a teacher who serves as a positive role model epitomizing personal health and fitness, enjoyment of activity, and sensitivity to the needs of students. Other criteria include using various teaching methodologies and planning innovative learning experiences, conducting a balanced and sequential curriculum, and showing professional commitment through involvement in local, state, and national organizations.
Rosso has been the dance teacher for the past five years at Francis Scott Key High School. Carroll County Public Schools introduced dance into the school system during the last eight years. Rosso and her fellow dance educators have been key to the success of this implementation. She has served as a content expert, curriculum writer, and coach of other teachers as the countywide program has developed. Last May she served as the Master of Ceremonies at the County Dance Celebration.
According to Jeff Rogers, Supervisor of Fine Arts, “One aspect that makes Ms. Rosso outstanding is the way she is able to excite the students’ love of dance. Every time I’m in the area of her classroom, the students want to show me the choreography that they are working on. They are always thrilled to be dancing and to have someone with whom they can share their art. The level of enthusiasm and involvement of all students reflects the warm, friendly relationship between students and Ms. Rosso.“