Bob Vielledent stated in his nomination of Rosie “This woman for 24 years has been a difference maker in the lives of the Sahuaro faculty and student body. Her pleasant, affable demeanor never wavered despite 12-hour days. It was common for her to show up on Saturday or Sunday afternoons to make sure everything was ready for Monday. By everything, I mean a lot of tasks that were outside of her job description. She was tremendous when the district out back the Xerox staff – Rosie did it to make sure every teacher had educational materials for the start of class, this was on top of her secretarial duties. This woman has been remarkable. She was almost indispensable.”
Rosie is a native Arizonan having been born in Douglas and raised in Tucson. She graduated from Salpointe High School then went on to the U of A for a couple of years. She met and married “this wonderful person” Robert Rosales who works for Social Security. They have two children – Anachristina from Tucson and Robert-Mike from the Los Angeles area. For the last 30 years Rosie has cared for her 101 year-old mother, who lives with them. In 1978 Rosie started working in the “Dungeon” of the Sahuaro library. Four years later she moved up to the English office and then to the Counselor’s Office. From there she tackled the first “Computer Lab” as the lab tech.
Four years there and she moved once again to become the Administrative Secretary for Operations and Activities/Athletics. If that didn’t keep her busy enough she has done income taxes on the side. Rosie states “My life at Sahuaro has been the most rewarding circle of family / friends that I have made throughout the years will be my best memories. Thanks to the Cougar Foundation, which is a superb vehicle to promote Sahuaro High School, for this fantastic honor.”