Rona Rothhouse recently retired after teaching English and theater for 33 years. She was president of the Connecticut Drama Association for four years. "Leaving teaching was one of the most difficult things I have ever done," said Ms. Rothhouse. "For a large portion of my life, teaching is how I defined myself." Presently, Ms. Rothhouse is an education consultant and she has developed two professional development programs - one for new teachers and one to "energize" and excite veterans. Formerly an English and theater teacher at Bethel High School in Bethel, Ms. Rothhouse still believes that "education is an act of the heart as well as of the mind."
Since retirement I have been involved in supervising student teachers and presenting workshops designed to excite and energize veterans. We, as educators, MUST work to retain quality teachers. Too many good teachers leave the profession and the profession must not let that happen. I believe that teachers are the best resourse for teachers...not outside consultants who have not taught. My workshops focus on the true meaning of teaching and its importance. There is no job more worthwhile than teaching.
1966 University of Charleston, B.A.