Rosemary Guerini Timonere, a 1964 graduate of Saint John High School, advocated for Gifted Education throughout her 48 year teaching career. Her interest in gifted students began as a first year teacher at Thomas Jefferson Elementary in Ashtabula, Ohio. After 20 years, she moved on to teach at Columbus Junior High. During this time, she collaborated with administrators, teachers, and parents to create a program to focus on the talents of the gifted and challenge them to reach their potential.
Following years of planning, the Gifted
and Talented Resource Room Program (GTRRP) was established in the Ashtabula
Area City School District. With 32 years of experience in the classroom,
Rosemary was assigned to the Gifted and Talented Resource Room Program at
Windermere School. After teaching in the
GTRRP for nearly a decade, she culminated her tenure with 8 years as the
District’s Gifted Coordinator.
At St. John, Rosemary was recipient of the
True Herald Award and the Olga Seline Dramatics Award. She was a member of the
National Honor Society, Drama Club, Yearbook Staff, and Cheerleading Squad. Her
classmates remember her as ‘Anna’ in the “King and I” and ‘Mother Abbess’ in
the “Sound of Music”.
Rosemary went on to Villa Maria College
(Gannon University) in Erie, PA to pursue a teaching degree. She was elected
President of Student Government; served on the Board of the Erie Council of
Colleges; named Coordinator of The Child Study Club, and served on the staff of
Villalogue, the VMC Publication. Rosemary held memberships in French, Sodality,
Drama, and Ski Clubs. She was a volunteer tutor at St. Joseph’s Orphanage, Our
Lady’s Christian School and Brooker T. Washington Center in Erie.
Rosemary received her Bachelor of Science
Degree in Education from Villa Maria College in 1968 and is listed in Who’s Who
Among American Colleges and Universities. She received her Master’s Degree from
Edinboro University in 1984 and Gifted Certification in 1986.
During her career she held memberships in
the National Education Association, Ohio Association of Gifted Coordinators,
and The American Association of University Women. Rosemary was named a Martha
Holdings Jennings Scholar and awarded the Teacher of the Year by the Ashtabula
Presently, Rosemary serves on St. John’s
Curriculum Committee. She volunteers in the STAR testing program and helps
coordinate the fall, winter, and spring testing schedule. Rosemary is a board
member of Birthcare and attends the focus group for Hospice of the Western
Reserve. She and her husband, James ’62 are members of Our Lady of Peace
Rosemary is the owner of Elegante Wedding
Stationery, a family business she inherited from her mother, Antoinette
Guerini. Her business affords her the opportunity to assist brides with wedding
invitations as well as St. John seniors with graduation announcements.
Rosemary and James have three children:
Jamie ’89, Jim ’95, wife Janice, and Bryan, Lake Catholic ’98, wife, Joy. The
Timonere’s have four grandchildren: Raymond, Raechel, Jimmy and Jenna.
Rosemary is the daughter of the late
Michael and Antoinette Guerini and has a brother, Michael ’70. Since 1994, the
Guerini Family presents The Antoinette Guerini Memorial Award to several eighth
graders, who demonstrate their faith and kindness to others.
After college, Rosemary returned to
Ashtabula to be close to family and give back to her community. She feels
blessed to have her grandchildren carry on the Catholic Education tradition.
She enjoys attending and participating in all Saint John events.
A favorite quote used in Rosemary’s gifted
classes, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their
dreams,” by Eleanor Roosevelt.