My name is Sister Rose and I volunteer at the Early Learning Center three times a week. I am from Upper state New York, my parents, Italian immigrants raised me until I graduated from high school. After high school I joined the Sisters of the Holy Names. I loved teaching preschool and first graders in Portland, Tacoma and the Seattle area. I spent the next 17 years in Arequipa, Peru as a teacher and principal. When I returned I became Director of Religious Education at the Catholic Church in Wapato. After 52 years of teaching, I retired. I now enjoy volunteering at the Early Learning Center and spending time with the children and staff. As long as my energy and health allow, I will continue to sing songs and play games with the children.