OCEAN PARK Rose Mancini is teaching first grade at Ocean Park Elementary after working as a high-volume bank teller and relief vault teller for Fibre Federal Credit Union for more than six years. As a banker she worked with several business accounts and member accounts. She attended Eastern Washington University to earn her teaching certificate in elementary education and her masters degree in education in 1999 and a reading endorsement in 2000.
Mancini graduated from Mark Morris High School in Longview. She had originally graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in gerontology (which is the study of the social, psychological and biological aspects of aging) with minors in administration and home and family life from Central Washington University in 1986.
Mancini has taught a total of 14 years in kindergarten through second grades and was also a substitute teacher at all grade levels. She has taught for Kent, Franklin-Pierce, Bremerton, North Kitsap and Bainbridge Island school districts and substituted in several other districts.
My goals as a teacher have been to instill a love for reading and a love for learning new things inside the classroom, as well as out of the classroom. Believing that children learn in many ways, I seek to give my students a mixture of learning opportunities, which includes keying into how each one best learns, Mancini explained.
I have always wanted to live near the beach, as it is my favorite place. It was not a hard decision to come to the Ocean Beach School District, she said with a smile. I enjoy things like cooking, reading, knitting and crocheting, Pilates and yoga, and walking.