Rose Gilbert, of Los Angeles, California, is now retiring – at the ripe old age of 94. Her inspiration to become a teacher came from her 1st grade teacher who taught her to read.
Gilbert taught English and was known for her passion for poetry and literature.
Her signature book used in class was “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Many of her former students are now teachers at Palisades Charter High School, and credit Gilbert for their desire to teach.
Her long-spanning teaching career began in the 1940’s. She took some time off, then returned in 1956. In 1961, she began teaching at brand-new high school in L.A. Her 63-year teaching career is memorable and inspiring both current and past students. Her career was based solely on her passion for teaching.
In 1987, her wealthy husband passed away, leaving her a fortune. She continued working, and used his inheritance to fund scholarships for college and high school students. She has donated a pool, auditorium, and small theatre to the high school.
Her retirement plans include continuing her work interviewing high school and college students for honors programs and scholarships. She also plans to begin volunteering at a local domestic violence shelter, aiding woman and children in crisis situations.