Ms. Regina B. Rosi
Class of 2002
Career Pathway: Human Services
Regina Rosi was valedictorian of the Class of 2002. During high school, she was in eight plays and musicals, jazz band, pep band, concert band (percussion), forensics and the pom pon squad.
At Kenyon College, in Gambier, Ohio, Regina majored in Spanish and international studies and graduated summa cum laude. She received the Spanish Department Award for Excellence and is a Phi Beta Kappa member. Her senior thesis was entitled, "Gender, Sex, and the Catholic Church: The Cultural Factors Behind HIV Transmission in Mexico and Brazil."
After graduation, Ms. Rosi received a Fulbright Fellowship to study bilingual education of Mayan and Spanish in Southern Mexico. She designed an ethnographic case study and carried out her research in two rural Mayan communities. She lived with indigenous Mayan families, taught English, took a Mayan language class, slept in a hammock and took lots of bucket showers! By conducting more than fifty interviews and observing elementary schools, she provided the Department of Education with practical and creative ways to improve its bilingual program. She also worked with the Mexican government to improve its public relations campaign regarding bilingual education. She has presented papers on her Fulbright research at two anthropology conferences, and she is in the process of publishing an article for the Anthropology and Education Quarterly.
Ms. Rosi is currently teaching Spanish to seventh and ninth graders at Marlborough School, a private all-girls school in Los Angeles. Ultimately, she plans to get a Ph.D. in Spanish and teach at the university level.
She says she credits GHS for giving her the foundation to succeed. She feels especially lucky that Grayling offered her a wide variety of AP classes, all of which provided her with the necessary study skills and writing skills to do well in college.
She is the daughter of Dr. Tomlin Rosi and Marilyn Rosi, a family nurse practitioner, and the sister to 2004 Alumni Hall of Fame inductees, Dr. Yolanda Rosi, Class of 1993, and Dr. Nathaniel Rosi, Class of 1995.