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Why Do People Write?

Writing is very important to people all around the world. Writing is expressing your thoughts and feelings through words. Through written words, you can inspire others to try and write as well. You can even change the world through your words. People express their thoughts, feelings, and even fears through writing. Writing makes the world a better understanding place. ~ Charlie Henderson

Writing is critical in people’s lives. It is expressing oneself through written words made up of letters. When people write, they communicate without having to use their voices. By writing it down, a person can document his or her life and pass it down to others. People can express their imagination and creativity through writing. All because of the ability to write, people’s lives can change. ~ Maggie Wiggs

Writing is crucial for many people’s lives. Writing is a type of communication through written symbols. People can express themselves and their opinions by writing. Through writing, people are creative and can imagine a whole new world. People write to document their lives and experiences so that we can know what happened where they lived. To write is to give of yourself. ~ Ethan Scott

Writing is an essential skill that most people possess. Without it, we might not have as many technological advancements as we have now because most of them involve writing and taking notes. Writing is a direct interpretation of one’s thoughts into written characters used to state opinions, tell stories or just a way to express someone's feelings or creativity. I think by now most people have written something which again shows how important it is and why we need it. Most people now type things instead of writing on paper, but typing is also a form of writing. Texting is a form of writing that lets people who have long-distance friendships or relatives.  I love writing stories. Something about it to me makes it fun, and I love it. I know other people also enjoy it too, but writing isn’t just telling stories it can state historical facts and information about people or animals. Because writing was invented, we were able to evolve as humans and establish trading. Writing is so important because no one would be able to share ideas with one another without it! ~ Alice Hawkins

Writing is valuable for many reasons. Writing is expressing yourself through written words. Documenting helps people keep records. Communicating is helpful for people to help them remember. Telling stories helps people tell the past. These are all forms of writing. ~ Sam Duckworth

Writing is important to everyone. Through words, we can be creative and can tell a story through writing. Communication with words can help us express ourselves. Writing is sharing knowledge and can change the world. ~ Kate Murdock

Writing is the act of putting words onto paper. Most people write to inform. Lots of people also write for money, entertainment, or for creativity. People also generally write to show many people what they are saying and not repeat themselves. In conclusion, writing is a form of expression using an alphabet. ~ Asher Baker

Writing is important for many reasons. Writing is putting words on paper. Documenting your words helps you remember things. Writing helps you grow knowledge. Writing helps you express yourself. People love to write. ~ Finley Balderson

Writing is a major part of people’s lives for many reasons. Writing is using letters to form words that express your thoughts or feelings. When people write, they can help people remember the past. Through writing, people can tell a creative story. With writing, people can share their opinions. Because of writing, people can make a difference. ~ Graham Maloney

Writing is valuable to some people's lives. Writing is communicating through written words. People can also write documents to keep track of important history and lives. Many people are more creative than historical documents; they could make a story up. The stories can be serious, fun, fantasy, horror, and many more possibilities. People can make other kinds of stories to express how they are feeling. Overall, writing is great! ~ Ella Adams

Writing is very important to all people. Writing is putting words on paper to express your thoughts and helps you communicate with another language. Writing helps save knowledge and information. Also, it tells a story of why things matter. You can express yourself with your emotions through words. Writing can help by making you more creative. Writing can help many people and that’s why it is so fun. ~ Emiliano Velez

There are many reasons writing is useful. People document their lives through writing which can be very crucial. When people write, they can feel very expressed. Through writing, we are able to be a part of another person’s life! The art of writing is amazing. ~ Elaine Gafford

Writing is important for many reasons. Writing is putting words on paper. Documenting is important because it tells history. It is a way to express yourself in many different ways so that others will understand you. You can change the world with words. ~ Gabe Lanctot

Writing is important for many reasons. Writing is documenting memories through words and helps people express themselves. Writing helps tell a story and can give people knowledge about others’ thoughts. Writing is a fun way to change the world. ~ Leonie Dalle

Writing is important to everyone and can be fun. Writing is putting words together to form sentences. Writing can be communication; you can give or receive knowledge through writing. Through writing, people can express their thoughts and opinions about things. This is why we need to write! ~ Miles Kirk

Writing is valuable to our lives. Writing is putting your thoughts as words. When people write, they are expressing themselves. People can be creative with their writing because we can tell a story through our words. Writing has changed the world. ~ Aubrey Brown

Writing is a valuable part of every person’s life. Writing is expressing oneself through written or typed words. Writing helps many people learn about history. Through writing, you can share your opinions with the world. It also entertains millions of people all over the world. With the help of writing, you can even change the world. ~ Jude Cuneo

Writing is important for many reasons. Writing is putting words on paper to express yourself. Communication using words when writing helps others. People can gain knowledge by writing. Telling stories with words is a way to show writing is creative. Writing can change the world and how people see it. ~ Ella Joyner

Writing is very important to all people. Writing is putting words on paper. Writing helps us remember what we are getting from a store. It helps us to remember what happened. Also, you can gain knowledge through writing. We use writing in our everyday lives. ~ Anthony Mascioli

Writing is critical to people around the world. It is a way for people to express themselves through thoughts and feelings on paper. Written words help people communicate through anything they express or feel. Writing is a very expressive way of stating your thoughts on paper. When writing, people may gain inspiration, or thoughts on making stories of their own. Without written language, we would never know the beauty and art of writing. ~ Mckinley Doyle

Writing is so important! It is getting words, symbols, and numbers on paper so someone can read them. People can read others’ writing like in history books to gain knowledge. Writing can help us remember what has happened in the past. Writing can express creativity. Writing is important because it shows how we live and are free. Other important things come from writing like code, songs, and books. Writing is great! ~ David Harold Gwatney

Writing is important in people’s daily lives. Writing is communicating with written words. Through writing, people can gain knowledge. Writing can entertain people.  People can express themselves using their words. Writing helps many people overcome challenges! ~ Mary West

Writing is valuable in people's lives. Writing is communicating your thoughts through written words. When people write, people can tell stories. You can also document your life in writing. Written words can give people knowledge. Writing has changed all sorts of things in the world. ~ Sam Platania

Writing is important for many reasons. Writing is the written form of an idea. Through writing, we can communicate. People write to express themselves. Writing helps make a name for yourself through creativity. Because of writing, people like you and me can change the world. ~ Stella Owens

Writing is essential to people because it is a way to communicate with people, Because of writing, books exist. Writing helps you to express yourself. When a person writes, many things happen. ~ Samuel Isaza

Writing is vital to people and the world. Writing is expressing yourself with words on paper. Written words can help people be creative. Documenting written words helps people remember events and communicate with others. Writing is life-changing! ~ Penny Soniat

Writing can be very good for people. It is very important to all people because it helps you express yourself. Communicating through writing is really useful because you might not want to talk. You can also document and remember things. You can write a list, or you can just make a ton of reminders. Writing helps you make a fun and creative atmosphere. You can do a lot with writing and typing; you can help people and even make someone's day.  Writing can help people stop being shy because they use written words. This can even be a great experience! ~ Blaine Johnson

Writing is important for many reasons. It is putting words on paper. Documenting your words helps others learn about history. Communicating through words helps tell stories. Writing your actions tells why things matter. You can make people laugh or cry with your words. Writing can make a difference in the world. ~ Caroline Lazarini

Writing is important for many reasons. Writing is putting words on paper. When you write it can change other people's opinions. Writing can help you with communication.  Expressing your feelings can be done through writing.  You can accomplish a lot of things through writing. ~ Colin Morris

Writing is crucial for many reasons. Writing is when people make words into ideas and sentences. When people write, they can show their creativity. Through writing, people can also learn about the past or document their lives. People can be remembered and express themselves by writing, too. Because of writing, people can change the world to be a better place. ~ Harper Walls

Writing is critical for many people or ideas. Writing is putting ideas and words down on paper. When people put their words on paper, it shows creativity to many listeners. Through writing, you can show opinions and emotions. Everyday people gain more knowledge and history through people's written word.  Because of writing, people discover themselves and their culture. Writing can change people’s hearts and minds. ~ Cooper Dunlap

Writing is important for many reasons because it is putting words down. It can help you remember some things if you forget them. Writing can also give you some examples of many things, you can help people understand. You can change things by writing a story. Showing creativity with words helps you show your imagination. All people can be creative with words! ~ Taylor Price

Writing is important for many reasons. Writing expresses people’s ideas in words. Writing documents help people know about history and help others remember things. People can be real or creative with writing. ~ Adam Macre

Writing is critical to people because they are putting words on paper. When people write they can express themselves. When people write they can remember their lives in the past. Everyday writing is important to communicate with each other. It is a great way to share! I want to be a writer because I have many things to share. ~ Jose Castro

Writing is crucial in people’s lives because it is communicating with written words. When people write, we can document the events of the past or tell a story as well. It can also inform people about things. Think of all the things people have learned from others’ writing. Writing is fun! ~ Thomas Fontana

Writing is important to people for many reasons. It allows people to put words on paper. People show creativity and express themselves through writing. Writing can help change people’s lives and opinions. Writing can be very fun and enjoyable. ~ Daniel O’Donnell

Writing is important to people. Writing is putting your words and thoughts on paper. Expressing yourself is something you can do through writing. Creativity can go a long way in storytelling. It is a way of documenting your story. Overall, writing is a way of remembering old thoughts and ideas. ~ Sam Bryan

Writing is important to all people. Writing is putting words and symbols on something to express yourself and how you feel. It can also be used as a way to document important things for the future. Writing can tell a story, give knowledge, communicate, and can do a lot of other things. Writing is a very important tool in daily life. ~ Harrison Edwards

What is so special about Autumn

I like playing in the leaves in Fall. My dad rakes the leaves and I only help him a little. ~ Palmer

My favorite thing about Fall is Halloween! ~ Maddox

I like making a big pile of leaves and playing in them! I like to go trick-or-treating and I like to dress up. ~ Karlee

My favorite thing about Fall is watching Halloween movies! ~ Easton

Fall is special because it is my birthday! Also, it is Halloween and because I get to dress up. Another word for Fall is Autumn. ~ Alice M.

My favorite thing about Fall is seeing all of the beautiful colors of the Fall leaves on the trees. ~ Alice F. and Miranda

Fall is special because it is in the month of October. It rains leaves, it gets really windy, and the trees blow in the Fall. It is also when I can dress up as Woody for Halloween! ~ Grayson

My favorite thing about Fall is playing in all of the beautiful leaves! ~ Emmie

Fall is special because the leaves fall down and you can catch a leaf when it falls down. It gets cooler, and we can go outside and play soccer, come back in, take a nap, and then go back outside to play and walk through the leaves to our friend's house! ~ Ben

My favorite part of Fall is jumping in huge piles of leaves! ~ Mary and Grace

I like Fall because the leaves are changing colors and I like that it's almost snow time. The weather is colder. ~ Emry

Confessions of a Preschool Teacher

What is it like to be a preschool teacher?  Oh, my, how much time do you have?  It is truly a calling that can only be answered by teachers whose passion is all about the little children and seeing them learn, grow and thrive.  I would love to tell you that it is all sunshine and rainbows, but it is not, and that is ok.  Preschool teachers know that every day won’t be a day for the record books, but it is those challenging days, the ones where you think that there is no way these kids and I are going to make it to May, that make the days of seeing a child's eyes light up because they got it, they understand what I am teaching.  Sometimes, it is just seeing lessons being implemented by the children on their own that makes it all worth it.  Seeing them sharing, communicating, playing, and being concerned for one another make being a preschool teacher so awesome.

As you probably know, being a preschool teacher is not for the faint of heart.  We have potty accidents, boogers, snot, vomit, and some smells that we never figure out what it is or where it is coming from.  We have tears, we have defiance, we have meltdowns.  But, even through all of the gross stuff, we come back every day and do it all over again, it is our calling.  Some things that we hear and see really keep us going.  Preschool teachers hear it all.  We know what you had for dinner, what you argued about, why you were late to school (the real reason), and if you said a bad word.  We also hear a lot of sweet things, like I love you’s, you’re my favorite teacher ever, and I want to stay here at school forever. The list goes on and on, but here are a few of the things (true things) that we have heard and/or seen in our preschool classes:

Rebecca Macy 2K:

Did you know:  preschool teachers get invited to parties at your house and your friends’ houses too!!!  Even on your vacations!!!!

Did you know: your children do not need smartphones anytime soon- they call you from the vintage Fischer price phones throughout their day!!!!!! They always have good reception too!!!!

Did you know your preschoolers have a lot of love in their hearts? They are known to say, “I love you 1 billion, one hundred 20, 6 million plus 10!!!!  That’s ALOT of love!!

Did you know they are very honest and observant- “is that a spider web in your nose?”  

Jennifer Lazarini 3K:

Did you know:  children will lick literally anything, and I mean anything?  I have had to say “stop licking your shoe” more times than I can count.  Hard to believe that so many are picky eaters!

Did you know that an unwritten requirement for teachers is being mind readers?  Students ask for farm animals on an iPad.  He doesn’t want a game with farm animals, nor a video or pictures…..we have to figure this stuff out!!!

Did you know that it is the little things that keep me going?  Seeing a child implement something we have been teaching all year, like how to come in each morning and independently unpack their backpack and put everything away.  Then to see them happily turn to a friend and help them do the same.

Did you know that children are resilient and want to talk about some of the hard things in life?  “Mrs. Jemifur (who knew the name Jennifer is so hard to pronounce?) my cat is dead, and so is my grandpa”.  There are no tears, they just want to talk it out.

Summer Bateman 3K:

Did you know fairies don't actually have tails? While learning about fairytales, a student said "but Mrs. Summer, fairies don't have tails!!!"

Did you know that some preschoolers have playdates with Jesus? During our religion lesson, a student said to me, "Jesus is coming over to my house next week."

Did you know that preschool teachers not only teach your children but learn so much from them as well? I have the best job because my heart is touched on a weekly basis! "While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about."

Roxanne Doyle 4K:

Did you know the average four-year-old will ask 300 questions a day? You never know if the question will pertain to the lesson you are teaching or if they will ask you why they have pockets. Some of my favorite questions I have received from a four-year-old:
Why do we have elbows?
Why is it Tuesday?
Sometimes the question is just Why?

Melissa Wright 4K

Teacher: “Why did you just drink out of someone else’s water bottle?”
Student: “Because his water tastes better”
Teacher: “Why did you bring all of these Barbie dolls to school?”
Student: “ So they can get in the real pool.”
Teacher: “ What pool?”
Student: ......leads teacher to the bathroom and points to the toilet!!!!

Blessed to be a part of The ANGEL Program

My interest in The ANGEL Program began as an observer when I worked with preschool six years ago. Most of those years, an ANGEL teacher was present in the classroom. I was always fascinated and intrigued with the changes and differences that the ANGEL teacher made in the children's lives, in such a small period of time. As soon as the opportunity arose, I jumped at the chance be a part of a team that makes such an impactful difference. ~ Mrs. Candace Davis

I am blessed to be an RBT with The ANGEL Program at Holy Rosary because it is fulfilling on a personal and spiritual level. Personally, my position allows me to offer support in an inclusive environment. As a parent to a child with ASD I know firsthand the importance and impact of early intervention. I also know the need and reward of inclusivity for all. As soon as I learned about the benefits of ABA, I know this was what I wanted to do. Spiritually, I am blessed to be an RBT serving at Holy Rosary ensuring that a Catholic education is accessible to all learners. There is no greater joy in life than to serve in a field that speaks to your heart personally and spiritually and that is why I love being an RBT with The ANGEL Program at Holy Rosary. ~ Mrs. Emily Corbitt

My favorite thing about being an ANGEL teacher is the people! In our program, we’re one big family. Everyone is so supportive, kind, and always there for each other and looking out for what’s best for our families and kids. In the ANGEL program, everyone helps out, and I think it’s so special how open and involved all of our families are. ~ Miss Julia Kersting

This program is special because we get to see our children grow and learn each school year. Even if our children graduate out of the program and or move on with a different staff member, we still get to see their smiling faces in the hallway! I feel like I make a difference with each child and I love that! I like my job because I also really enjoy the team of staff and teachers I work with! ~ Miss Grace Ann Thompson

Working with children has always been a passion of mine. I’m so fortunate to be a part of The ANGEL Program - I found the program out of sheer luck or should I say the program found me? Thanks to that luck and the support from the Holy Rosary community, I’m am now the program’s director. I am very blessed to work with our students - seeing their success with skills they once struggled with is what keeps me going on a daily basis. The ANGEL team we have created is one that I will be forever proud of - they are hardworking and special just like our students. Another reason I love my job is the Memphis Runs for Autism 5K. It is not only a fundraiser for the program, but it is also a celebration and an event that unites us all behind the mission. Every year, I am astounded by the community that comes out to support to our students, the program and our staff. This is why I do what I do! ~ Mrs. Emily Sater

What I like most about my job and The ANGEL Program is the unity amongst the staff, the difference we make, and the children. I appreciate how our staff is like a family; we show it by supporting one another and our children. It’s beautiful to see the progress we make with our kids and how happy it makes everyone: staff and families. We really are like one big family. ~ Mr. Danny Salinas


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Math in the "Real World"

April 26, 2022
By Angela Bledsoe

Each year about this time, I look back to evaluate if I’ve help to make Math relevant to my students. Can they see where Math ties into their daily lives? Have I been able to relate as many topics as possible to what they will do as adults? Have I recognized the challenges that Math brings? What changes can I make for next year? 

To keep students engaged, I use sayings (KeepAddOpposite), show motions (rise over run), and do projects that relate to the Math concepts we have been learning. We don't shy away from those "real world" word problems. We tackle them head on because at the end of the day, Math is a puzzle. It has to be taken step by step. What is the first step? What is the next step? And so on. What pieces fit together? Why are there steps?  There are steps so that we get the same result as anyone else that might work through that same problem. A baker wouldn't throw all the ingredients for a cake into a pan and bake it. He or she has to follow the recipe and measure the right ingredients. Does the recipe need to be doubled? So many questions. That is why we follow a process. There might be a step or two we can interchange, but in the end, we end up with the same final product.

Below are just some of the ways we tie in Math to the "real world."

Using cards to understand integers
Using meter and yard sticks to measure and then convert to other measurements
Finding different types of transformations in the world
Finding the rate at which a paper helicopter falls to find relationships
Creating Tessellations

Around the World

October 26, 2021
By Sarah Curtis

Geography is all around us! In 7th grade the students at Holy Rosary take World Geography. We learn to look at the world through “geographer’s eyes”. We look at how people and the world interact. We learn about the land features, water sources, economies, cultures, global connections, and much more.

One way I try to help the students connect to other places in the world is by having each student “adopt” a country for the year. They can choose a country that they have a connection with or just a country they want to learn more about. Throughout the year the students will create presentations to share with their classmates so that we can all learn more about places in our world. We always start with learning about 7th grade students in their countries. This helps our students make the connection that there are students around the world learning the same subjects, participating in sports and having some of the same hobbies or interests as a 7th grader in Memphis, TN.

As the year goes on the students will create other presentations on topics that might cover current events. When we have a presidential election, the students will share how their country elects leaders and how that country’s government is set up. When we are in an Olympic year the students will research about their country’s involvement in the summer or winter Olympics.

My favorite project is the one at Christmas. The students learn about Christmas traditions, history, and celebrations in their country. They also make an ornament that is connected to their country. It is always so fun to see the creativity of the students when it comes to making their ornament. We then decorate my classroom tree with these unique ornaments. I have students and parents tell me that they still put these ornaments on the family Christmas tree.

To celebrate at the end of the school year we have an Around the World lunch where the students bring a dish from their country to share with their classmates. The food is always so good, and the students enjoy celebrating their year of learning about the world. We have missed having the lunch the last couple of years, but hopefully we can return to having this celebration in the future.

Through these yearlong presentations and activities my hope is that the students will come to realize that the world has much to offer and that we are not all that different after all.

Back to School Prayers

August 24, 2021
By Various Teachers

Dear Jesus, 

As the school year begins keep us safe at all times. Bless the children as they learn, play, and make new friends. Bless the parents that trust us to protect the mind, spirit, and health of their children. 

Help us to appreciate all of the hard work of those around us. Help us to do what is right, but not always say.

Give us the grace and peace to accept the days ahead with joy and compassion. Give us the strength to work with all obstacles put in our way.


~ Mrs. Kim Schadrack – TLC Coordinator



Come, Holy Spirit, fill the halls of our school.

Come, Divine Teacher, make a dwelling place in our classrooms.

Be the strength of our teachers and the inspirations of our students.

Fill us with your grace in every moment of every day, that we may learn all that You ask.

Teach us to love our teachers and classmates with Your perfect love.

Grant us the desire to learn and the desire to know You, who are the inspirations of every soul. Amen

~ Mrs. Laina Haff – Jr. High Religion Teacher and Miss Erin Haff – HRS class of 2014



Dear Heavenly Father, 

As we begin a new school year, we thank you for the opportunity to attend Holy Rosary.  Send your Spirit to guide our studies as we work to deepen our faith, calculate math, comprehend reading, discover science, explore history, and all the amazing things we will learn and do this year.  Give us wisdom, grace, patience, fortitude, and zeal as we approach our work as students, teachers, staff, administration, and parents.  

Turn our hearts towards you Lord and give us a spirit of gratitude.  Help us see the little things and respond in kindness.  We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

~ Mrs. Rhiannon Thomas – 1st Grade Teacher



Dear Lord, use my eyes to see my Holy Rosary friends.

Open my ears to hear my teacher's voice.

Open my mind to all of the new things that I will learn.

Let my heart remember that You are always near me in my classroom.

Help me to love my family, friends, and my teachers like You do.

I want to shine Your light so brightly at Holy Rosary this new school year.


~ Mrs. Sheila Balton – 2K Aide

Finding our New Normal

September 29, 2020
By Various Teachers

We have had a good experience with Distance Learning.  We engage the class through Google Classroom as much as possible. We are teachers - we can handle any obstacle thrown our way.  We are resilient.  We are islands in the stream, we rely on each other. As with any new situation, it takes time to get used to. The “new normal” has been a gradual thing, we are slowly getting used to everything.  If you add a little bit of change at a time, it gets easy to carry any burdens. The parents are being extremely caring and considerate.  They are being patient with all of our technology problems and helping us work through all of them together. They are fantastic!! ~ Mrs. Lawler

In the days leading up to in-service, I was very nervous.  I was nervous about learning new technology programs, trying to balance teaching distance learners and in-person learners at the same time, and of course, trying to keep myself, my growing baby, and my students safe during these Covid times.  While things have not been easy by any means, the collaboration and support among my department of teachers has been incredible.  This situation has really brought us closer together as we help each other adjust to this new style of teaching and the obstacles that we encounter daily.  Above all else, the way that the teachers have come together, has been a nice reminder of what a special place Holy Rosary is to work.  We’re more than a department… we truly are a family. ~ Mrs. Hogan

I think overall, distance learning is going well. Having Google Classroom is fantastic, we are lucky that we are 1 to 1 with our laptops, otherwise getting classwork to the distance learning students would be a lot to figure out. One aspect of distance learning that I like is how the students are learning how to be more self-sufficient and work independently. Some of the challenges I face every day are traveling from room to room, finding enough time to work closer with the students, and technology issues, but the thing I have learned most from this experience is flexibility. The parts of this situation we are in that I like the least are anxiety about germs, not being able to work in small groups and not being able to work as closely with students that are at home. The best parts are the added technology, awareness of procedures for cleanliness and the different options for at home or in school. ~ Mrs. Bourquin

I really enjoy being back with the students. I was amazed at how quickly I was able to recognize faces and learn new faces despite the masks. I love being able to talk with the students, joke with them, tell stories, etc. It has been incredible to see the dedication the virtual students have towards their learning and their ability to adapt to the "new normal." It is a learning experience for all of us! ~ Mrs. Bledsoe

After over 35 years of teaching, I must say I did not know I would ever be in a situation like the one Covid-19 has provided. Since I have taught so long nothing shocks me, but this is a very interesting time. Each day brings new situations. I must say, I have gone through many emotions while teaching so far. First, I was happy to “see” all the students even though it is with masks and from six feet! I am overjoyed to be at Holy Rosary with people I have worked with for MANY years. Students and friends are great! Next, I am frustrated that I am technologically challenged. I am one of those people who will always push the wrong button, post in the wrong class, or delete something that I did not know I deleted. I feel there are many things from me wandering around in some cloud somewhere. I have issues texting, so you know I have computer issues; however, I have felt relief because my students, coworkers and children have come to my rescue. Let’s just say, I have provided many laughs. I have felt exhausted at times because the teachers are traveling from class to class, and I am not in shape! Wearing tennis shoes has helped that issue. I get panicked because I can’t see, so I know the distant learners have seen my eyeball at times because I get so close to the camera. But the one feeling I can say that I have felt since day one is pride. I am proud of Mr. Mullis who has been the driving force in getting us back to school. I am proud of my co-workers who have spent countless hours in and out of school.  I am proud of my friends and daughter who answered endless questions about computers and help solve my problems! Most of all I am proud of Holy Rosary. We stepped up to the plate and hit a home run even though no one could watch because they could not be in the stands! ~ Mrs. Young

Welcome to the HRS family!

August 25, 2020
By 2020 New Teachers

Angie Acerra ~ The Learning Center

Angie Acerra comes to Holy Rosary from Christ the King Lutheran School where she had worked since moving to Memphis in 2008. She is single and lives with her best friend Lyda. Her parents are James and Kathy Acerra of Mountain Home, Arkansas, and has one brother, Alex who lives in Mount Vernon, Ohio.

She is an avid Arkansas Razorback fan, and enjoys watching most sporting events. She enjoys reading and crafting and loves Dr. Pepper, Vitamin Water, and chocolate! 

Angie has completed her first 30 hours of Orton Gillingham training and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from Williams Baptist University.

While working at Holy Rosary, she looks forward to working with a team of people that want what is best for each student and is looking forward to meeting so many members of the Holy Rosary family throughout her time here. Angie’s favorite scripture passage is also her teaching verse: "The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith." 1 Timothy 1:5.

Welcome to HRS, Angie!


Kristen Crone ~ 2K

Kristen Crone is no stranger to Holy Rosary. She worked in our summer camp and after care programs, and was a substitute teacher here for about 10 years. She had also been a 2K teacher at SAA-SDS for almost 4 years. She lives with her 4 year old dog, Penny, and her parents, brother, and sister-in law are all in town and love Holy Rosary!

She enjoys crafting and going to just about any Memphis sporting event: Tigers, Grizzlies, 901 FC, and the Redbirds! And she loves the Chicago Cubs!

Kristen has a Bachelors in Liberal Studies in Education and a Masters in Teaching, both from Christian Brothers University. She is most looking forward to teaching her sweet 2K students how much fun school can be! “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13

Welcome “back” to HRS, Kristen!


Molly Cunningham ~ The Angel Program

Molly Cunningham is one of our new teachers in the Angel Program. She likes to shop and read and spend her time with her husband Randy, daughter Sierra, granddaughter Malyah, step-son Rusty and grandbaby Riley.

She has worked at Methodist University and Methodist LeBonheur Hospitals.

Molly has a Bachelors in Education with a Human Development concentration in schools and society, and an Associates Degree in General Education Studies. She has finished her first year of graduate school.

She is looking forward to building long lasting relationships at Holy Rosary while accomplishing goals for her Masters program.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that whomsoever believes in Him, shall not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

Welcome to HRS, Molly!


Lauren Luna ~ The Learning Center

Lauren Luna was born and raised in Memphis and recently returned back to the city with her husband Jacob and their Goldendoodle, Maggie, after living in St. Louis, Missouri for the past three years. She graduated with her Bachelors of General Studies with minors in Education, English, & Psychology from the University of Mississippi and received her Masters in Teaching with a concentration in Secondary Science from the University of Memphis.

While in college, she worked at Holy Rosary as an aftercare teacher, substitute, and Angel program teacher. In St. Louis, she taught high school biology and science electives and served as the science department chair and a mentor teacher. She completed dyslexia training this summer with the Simultaneous Multisensory Institute of Language Arts (SMILA) in preparation for her new position.

She is looking forward to working in The Learning Center with middle school and having a more individualized approach to teaching. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13.

Welcome “back” to HRS, Lauren!


Ela Melhado ~ Spanish

Ela Melhado comes to the Holy Rosary family from Honduras. 7 days after arriving in Memphis in 2017, Ela and her family were looking for a church to attend. Her GPS led them to Holy Rosary Catholic Church from Collierville! She remembers watching the families on the soccer field that day and thinking how wonderful it would be for her children to attend Holy Rosary. Two months later, Ela and her husband found themselves entering the Holy Rosary parking lot after scheduling a tour, not realizing it was the same place they had been two months before. It was meant to be.

Ela’s husband is Kenneth Melhado, and he works for the Honduran Consulate in Atlanta. They have three children, Kenneth Alfonso in 7th grade, Mia Fernanda in 3rd grade and Maria Isabelle in 4k, all at Holy Roasry. Ela loves to cook but does not like to unload the dishwasher! She enjoys dancing and crafting.

Ela has an Associates degree in education, and was in her third year for her ESL Bachelors degree before moving to the US.  She taught ESL for 13 years on the preschool, elementary and junior high levels in Honduras. She just finished her medical interpreting training at the University of Memphis.

Ela is most looking forward to growing in faith, as a person and professionally, and being able to impact her students' lives in a positive way to help them become better human beings, but most importantly to be able to learn from all of them. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11. “The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take a refugee in him.” Nahum 1:7

Welcome “back” to HRS, Ela!


Lauren Perrine ~ Music

Lauren Perrine is a native Memphian and proud Memphis Tiger fan!  She has a daughter, Nancy Kate, who will be a sophomore at St. Agnes and a son, Will, who is in 8th grade at Holy Rosary.

She has been a member of a choir most of her life. She remembers she could not wait until 5th grade because that was the year she could join the choir at her elementary school.  As an adult, she began to branch out as a soloist for churches throughout Memphis and the Diocese.  In 2016, she decided to return to the University of Memphis and pursue a degree in vocal performance. She auditioned and was granted a full talent-based scholarship to attend the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music and perform in the University's opera program.  She appeared on stage with the University in five performances with principal roles in Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring, Aaron Copeland's The Tender Land and W. A. Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro and was awarded the prestigious Ethel Maxwell Memorial Scholarship given to outstanding current music students. She also appeared on stage with Opera Memphis in two performances including a named role in Giacomo Pucini's Suor Angelica.  For the past four years, Lauren was a staff singer at St. John's Episcopal church where she was a soloist and member of the Chancel Choir and the Memphis Chamber Choir and assistant for the Memphis BoyChoir both based at St. John's. 

She loves to cook and entertain family and friends. She is most looking forward to hosting a big party as soon as the pandemic is over!

Lauren is very excited to begin her career at Holy Rosary!  She believes that music adds so much enjoyment to people’s lives and has the unique ability to soothe hearts and minds. On beautiful days Lauren loves to look up to the clouds and think about meeting the Lord in the air and joining the heavenly choirs of angels. She believes music can teach us so much about the love of God and she cannot wait to share that love with the children of Holy Rosary. "Then we, the living who remain, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and thus we shall be always with the Lord." 1 Thessalonians 4:17.

Welcome “back” to HRS, Lauren!


Rhiannon Thomas – 1st Grade

Rhiannon Thomas started her career in education as a first grade teacher in the Jubilee Schools at St. John where she taught for 4 years. She then went to St. Patrick’s as principal for 3 years, and then back to St. John as principal for one year. When the Jubilee schools announced their closure she opted to stay in Catholic schools and went to Incarnation as principal for the last two years.

She’s been married to Greg Thomas for 16 years. In 2015 he was ordained a deacon and he currently serves at Incarnation. They have a 7 year old son, Jaxon who is in 2nd grade at HRS.

Rhiannon has attended Catholic schools from 1st grade through graduate school. Her Bachelors and Masters degrees are from Christian Brothers University. She has received the St John Neumann Outstanding Service Award and Christ The Teacher Award for the Diocese of Memphis. 

She is so excited to be part of the HRS family! Her heart has always been in the classroom; building relationships and guiding students as readers and thinkers. Rhiannon believes everything happens in our lives for a reason. And while we may not be able to understand it in the moment, it is all part of God’s plan.

“For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Welcome to HRS, Rhiannon!


Charity Webb – The Angel Program

Charity Webb is another one of our new Angel teachers. She enjoys swimming, watching movies, traveling the world and spending time with her son, Cornelius Martin, Jr., her step daughter, Riley and her fiancée, Cornelius, Sr.

Charity worked at Baptist Desoto for 10 years and has a Masters Degree in Special Education with a concentration in Instruction and Curriculum Leadership. She is getting married in December of this year and is most looking forward to getting to know everyone at Holy Rosary!

 “Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.” 1 Corinthians 10:12

Welcome to HRS, Charity!

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