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Influencer of the Week: Rosemarie Redman, Windermere Preparatory School

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Rosemarie Redman is the Lower School drama teacher at Windermere Prep.
by: Danielle Hendrix Former Associate Editor

Rosemarie Redman inspires Windermere Prep students on a daily basis by teaching them how to tap into their creativity. She is a Laker teacher, parent and connects with her students inside and outside of the classroom. She just finished directing the all-school musical experience, “A Night of Cameron Mackintosh.” Redman is a born performer and loves teaching Lower School students about theater and the arts, sharing her passion with them. 

 

What brought you to your school?

I first came to Windermere Preparatory School to start the drama program in 2002 and then left in 2005 to start a family. I returned to the school and drama department in 2017, when my children started at Windermere Prep. The family environment and commitment to excellence is what brought me to the school. 

What do you love most about your school?

I love that we are able to take the time to nurture and enrich each child’s special interests and talents.   

What is your motivation?

My motivation is the love that I have for the performing arts and sharing it with my students. Watching them get excited about the arts and the positive impact arts education has on them means everything. 

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is watching the students’ growth and development. I enjoy being a part of their school experience and helping push them to reach their true potential.  

What do you do in your spare time?

I love to spend time with my family, as well as listening to and watching musicals.

Who was your favorite teacher when you were in school? Why?

My favorite teacher was my choral teacher in high school, Dr. Sal Fiore. He was an incredible educator that motivated me to want to be the best I could be and taught me that settling for mediocrity was never an option.  

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Why?

I have always wanted to be a performer and work in the entertainment industry. I started performing at the age of 3.

What is your favorite children’s book and why?

My favorite children’s book is “Journey” by Aaron Becker. It is an incredible picture book that tells a story of possibilities, imagination and adventure to anyone who reads it, no matter the age. 

Who would you say is your biggest inspiration and why?

My biggest inspiration in life would be my parents. My mother inspired me to live every day to the fullest and be in every moment, and my father taught me how to develop a strong work ethic and keep a level of professionalism throughout my life. 

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

My superpower would be to have the ones you love live forever.  

If you could only listen to three bands or artists for the rest of your life, what would they be and why?

This is so difficult to narrow down as a musical theater performer! Barbra Streisand for her incredible vocal abilities and phrasing; Jeremy Jordan because of his powerful voice and vibrato; and Train. The lead singer, Pat Monahan, is such a talented vocalist who does not get the praise he deserves.  

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Danielle Hendrix was an associate editor for the West Orange Times & Observer, Southwest Orange Observer and OrangeObserver.com.

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