Influencer of the Week: Rosemary Pierce, Tildenville Elementary

The front office clerk started at TES this school year.

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Position: Front office clerk

Time at school: Started this school year

Rosemary Pierce is the school clerk at Tildenville Elementary School, and she handles attendance and front desk duties.

“This position offers me the opportunity for great interaction with students and parents, and I love it,” she said. “In my years with OCPS, I have been the recipient of multiple Support Person of the Year awards and was a district finalist in 2020-21.”

“Rosemary Pierce … strives to assist the parents, staff and students daily with her warm smile and friendly attitude,” said Julie Clemons-Hager, dual language coordinator for the school. “Mrs. Pierce is knowledgeable about the workings of the school and is quick to find the answers we all need. Tildenville is so thankful to have Mrs. Pierce as part of our team.”

What brought you to your school?

After leaving OCPS and public education for a year in 2022, I realized how much I missed the academic arena. When Principal (Agathe) Alvarez offered me the opportunity to join the Tildenville Elementary School support, I enthusiastically accepted! Supporting Tildenville ES and public education in any way possible is my passion.

What do you love most about your school?

It would be impossible for me to single out anything I love the most about Tildenville Elementary. Our students, parents, dedicated administration, teachers and support staff are nothing short of amazing. Our support staff, from clerical, cafeteria, custodial and tech support, are some of the hardest-working people I have known throughout my career. It is a joy to go to work every day.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Being able to work with incredible people and utilize years of experience with OCPS process and policies, along with my extensive background in customer service, is incredibly rewarding. However, the hugs, giggles and smiles from the children each day touch my heart dearly and are the best reward of all.

What would you be if you weren’t in this profession?

I would likely rebuild my internet website designing, selling theorem stencils and teaching theorem painting classes. It is an art form I have embraced for more than 25 years and was featured for many seasons on HGTV’s “Carol Duvall Show” and “DIY.”

Who influences you?

My daughter Emma is a powerful and positive influence in my life. Her level of compassion and willingness to help those around her never ceases to amaze me. I am incredibly inspired by her dedication to her education and medical career. I would be remiss if I did not also mention how much I adore her wonderful sense of humor.

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

One of my favorite teachers was Alice Guest. Ms. Guest was my Language Arts teacher in high school and served as our class advisor. She instilled in me a strong appreciation for the power of the written word, which I embrace to this day.

What is your favorite children’s book and why?

My all-time favorite children’s book is “Say Cheese!” by David Pelham. The storyline is easy to follow, and the book offers many interactive aspects garnering fantastic opportunities for participation between the audience and reader.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time, I thoroughly enjoy the company of my family, painting, crocheting and working on any number of craft projects. I am also hopelessly addicted to the Food Network!

If you could dine with any famous person, past or present, who would it be and why?

Given the opportunity, I would love the chance to dine with my mom, Bernadette. My mom passed away in October 2021, and I so miss her life insights; conversations about family, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Phillies; and simply hearing her say “I love you.”

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

As a former private pilot, I would want the ability to fly! To soar above to view the world below, embrace the solitude of altitude and remember the importance of keeping myself well-grounded in life.

If you could only listen to three bands or artists, who would they be and why?

As years pass, I find my taste in music changes over time. At this point: Alexander Bornstein - His music is a blend of classical and new-age instrumental. The music is incredibly engaging and timeless. Brian Leseney Fennell, aka SYML - I enjoy both his instrumental-only and vocal pieces. His music combines elements of indie-pop, alternative rock and classical music. The War on Drugs - From Philadelphia, this band is indie-rock, and I enjoy their heartful sound and stories behind the songs.

What was your go-to lunch and favorite snack as an elementary student?

Peanut butter and strawberry jelly sandwiches were my go-to lunch in elementary school and still is!

What is your favorite holiday and why?

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It is a day of gathering family and friends in an atmosphere of appreciation and sharing.

What were your extracurricular activities as a student? Did you win any accolades or honors?

I enjoyed taking part in softball, basketball and tennis in school. I did not excel in any of the sports but had so much fun!

How long have you been at your school and with OCPS?

I joined the staff at Tildenville Elementary this school year after taking the 2022-23 away from OCPS. Prior to this school year, I joined OCPS in 2010 as a registrar at Bridgewater Middle School and moved to Olympia High School for the 2012-13 school year as school secretary. At the end of the 2020-21 school year, I joined the OCPS launch team, opening what became Lake Buena Vista High School.



Amy Quesinberry

Community Editor Amy Quesinberry was born at the old West Orange Memorial Hospital and raised in Winter Garden. Aside from earning her journalism degree from the University of Georgia, she hasn’t strayed too far from her hometown and her three-mile bubble. She grew up reading The Winter Garden Times and knew in the eighth grade she wanted to write for her community newspaper. She has been part of the writing and editing team since 1990.

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