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Rosie Crosthwaite, revered preschool teacher, retires from Eagle’s Nest

Rosie Crosthwaite has taught and directed preschool for 39 years

Michael Neary

Rosie Crosthwaite poses with Eagle’s Nest preschool students Tinslei Preston, left, who graduated this year, and Tahleia Preston. Crosthwaite is retiring after 39 years of teaching and directing preschool.





Rosie Crosthwaite poses with Eagle's Nest preschool students Tinslei Preston, left, who graduated this year, and Tahleia Preston. Crosthwaite is retiring after 39 years of teaching and directing preschool.
Michael Neary

— After 39 years of teaching and directing preschool, Rosie Crosthwaite is retiring — and she received a host of emotional expressions of gratitude during Monday evening's preschool graduation ceremony at Eagles' Nest Preschool.

"I'm going to miss her a tremendous amount," said preschool director Angie Roberts, who described Crosthwaite as a strong source of teaching inspiration. "She's taught me what I know… She's given this community a lot of years with kids and grandkids and great grandkids."

Crosthwaite has taught at Eagle's Nest Preschool, a Christian-based preschool that operates in Calvary Baptist Church, for the past seven years. Before her tenure there, Crosthwaite served as the executive director of St. Mark's Preschool — and Roberts worked with her at that school, as well.

After the ceremony, Crosthwaite explained the way preschool has become increasingly important to children throughout the years.

"If a child doesn't have a preschool experience, it's tough for them to start to school," she said. "They need that group experience; they need to be in a situation where they're taking directions from another adult and learning how to function in a group setting."

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She explained, too, what she described as her own God-given calling to teach preschool.

"It was just sort of presented to me," she said. "I didn't know that I could do it, and all of a sudden I was there."

And once she began working with preschool children, she was deeply drawn to their company.

"I liked the honesty of the children," she said with a chuckle. "What goes through their heads comes out their mouths. No pretentiousness. And they keep you laughing."

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