The Gasconade County R-2 Board of Education decided with a 6-0 vote on Feb. 17 that Kelley Rosemann, eighth grade social studies teacher, will replace Owensville Middle School (OMS) Assistant …
The Gasconade County R-2 Board of Education decided with a 6-0 vote on Feb. 17 that Kelley Rosemann, eighth grade social studies teacher, will replace Owensville Middle School (OMS) Assistant Principal Ken Hunott for the 2020-21 school year.
“Since this is going to be my first administrative position, I am looking into what Ken and (Teresa Schulte, OMS principal) have been doing,” Rosemann said. “Getting my feet wet with the school programs and seeing what works well with our school. Later on I will start looking at how to implement my ideas. Teresa and I are going to communicate a lot.”
Rosemann has worked for the Gasconade County R-2 School District since 2017. The 2010 Warrenton High School graduate attended Lindenwood University, graduated Cum Laude in 2014 and took her first job in 2015 at Williamsburg Elementary School in North Callaway R-1 School District where she taught sixth through eighth grade English language arts. She taught eighth grade in Warrenton in 2016 and in 2017 found an opening for a social studies teacher.
“I found my calling with a position in social studies,” said the former Wright City resident. “There was an opening in Owensville.”
Her middle school education certificate at Lindenwood University concentrated on social studies.
While working as a teacher, Rosemann was also completing her administration degree from Northwest Missouri State University and is scheduled to graduate in June. When the assistant principal’s position was posted for OMS, she thought “why not?”
“I thought ‘I am going to be graduating in time and it wouldn’t hurt to apply for the position,’” she said. “The pieces have been falling into place. It is truly a blessing.”
Rosemann acknowledged that her dream to move into an administrative position was already in the works long before she knew about any openings locally. She knew she wanted to do something as an education administrator from the beginning because of her background in Future Farmers of America (FFA) and 4-H.
She held leadership roles in both organizations and knew she wanted to be a leader in her future career.
“I want to start here at the administration level as assistant principal, and later down the road establish myself as a principal,” she said. “I do hope to go back to school to get my specialist degree, just keep growing professionally, going to leadership conferences, keeping myself going and bettering myself to improve for the school and the kids.”
Rosemann said she looks forward to working with Schulte in this new role.
“I really think the momentum Teresa and I have, goals to keep positive culture for the kids and for a better learning environment to help them learn and grow in their achievements, is going to work well,” the self-described horse enthusiast said. “I don’t want to forget where I am coming from as an administrator or a teacher. Students are our number one goal and achievement.”
Building a relationship with the students, gaining trust and being approachable are her immediate goals as both a teacher and administrator.
“I am hoping to be shadowing Ken and know what is going on in the office so the transition is a little smoother and making sure I am aware of what needs to be done,” Rosemann said.
Rosemann grew up on her family’s farm in Wright City and lives in Rosebud with her Australian Shepherd dog Kalli. In her spare time, she loves to attend and participate in rodeos.
“My boyfriend Cody has also been a huge supporter,” she said. “I don’t look to move anywhere else.”
She will take over as OMS assistant principal on July 1.
Hunott will retire in June.