Hi, my name is Rose Lannen, and I have been teaching at Kazoo School since 1996. Every year, since starting Kindergarten, I have returned to school in the fall - first as a child, then as a highschool student, a college student, a graduate student, and finally as a teacher. September has always been when I celebrate the New Year. Teaching and learning and working with children have been, and continue to be the touchstone for my life.
Prior to moving to Kalamazoo in 1996, I lived and taught in Eugene, Oregon and Madison, Wisconsin. I graduated from Kalamazoo College in 1986, having completed an internship teaching at Stone Environmental Schools in Maine and Massachusetts. I received a Fulbright Scholarship for Teaching English, which took me to Strasbourg, France, where I lived and taught English to high school students at the Lycee Louis Pasteur. Upon returning to the U.S., I picked up my environmental studies interest to teach at another residential environmental school, Nature’s Classroom in Connecticut.
I graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1990 with a Master’s degree in Social Work, specializing in Children, Youth and Families, and in 1992 with a second Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. I launched my formal teaching career teaching 3rd grade at a small private school in Madison. In Oregon I taught a mixed age class (3rd/4th) at a large public school. When I moved back to Kalamazoo, I began teaching at Kazoo School in a 1st/2nd grade classroom. Over the years, I have taught every level from 1st through 8th grade here at Kazoo School. I currently teach the 4th and 5th grade classes, where I hope to remain for a long time.
Kazoo School has been a perfect fit for my progressive teaching style and philosophy. I see students as active participants, problem solvers, and planners of their own learning. My role is to guide the children on their individual journeys as they become thoughtful problem solvers, motivated critical thinkers, active leaders, respectful collaborators, kind friends, and lifelong learners.