Amy Roscoe was recently named the 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year for Milford High School (MHS) Milford, DE.
“When I received the phone call from [Principal] Parsley, I was honestly shocked initially,” said Roscoe. “After letting it sink in as that week went on, my shocked faded into absolute excitement.”
A Special Education English teacher at MHS, this school year is her eighth year of teaching and her third year at the high school. Outside of the classroom, Roscoe is a mother to a seventh grader at Milford Central Academy and a yoga instructor for Delaware Bushido Academy. Roscoe is a self-described “military brat” and moved to Delaware in 1986, which was the last air base her father was stationed. Now living in Delaware for almost 34 years, she calls Delaware home.
Roscoe feels that teaching is a way for her to pay it forward from some of her favorite teachers. “These teachers have contributed to a ripple effect of helping others. These are teachers who taught me through my school years and even teachers who have taught alongside me,” she said. “All of them have inspired me to find ways to better myself and my teaching for my students. Quite honestly, when I think about the long line of teachers, counselors, engineers, doctors, and nurses that I come from, helping others seems to be ingrained in me. It has always been a natural reaction of mine to help others. Therefore, I feel that being a teacher is exactly where I need to be in the world so that I can keep that ripple effect going forward for our next generation of teachers.”
The fact that every day is different is her favorite part of being a teacher. “Yes, my days will still consist of being a Special Education English teacher. However, all the rewards, challenges, and conversations with my students differ from day to day,” she said.
Over the past four years Roscoe has turned into a “bit of a self-development junkie”, studying yoga and meditation. Instilling these practices in her career as well she has been “mindful of the past, honoring the present, laughter, making memories with people close to me, showing up with authenticity for my students and my co-teachers, and taking each day as it comes to me to help me maintain that happiness, patience, and peace.”
As the final moments of the school year linger on the horizon, Roscoe is reminded of the comment that she often hears this time of year from anyone not in the education. “Oh, it must be nice to have your summer off. It is a statement most educators have grown to brush off. However, I have learned finally, to flip that annoyed feeling around. I have learned to turn that statement into a conversation piece about how the joys and benefits of having a month or two off in the summer can tend to any educator’s mental health and wellness. It is those summer months where educators can hit the proverbial reset button before a new school year begins.”