Making a difference through science More about Libby Schools’ educator of the year, Renee Rose

By McKenzie Williams


Mrs. Renee Rose came to Libby in 1991 to begin her career as a science teacher at Libby Middle High School. Through her many years at LMHS, she has accomplished a great deal through hard work and dedication to her students.

Rose plays a major role in many science related programs and groups including; Libby Educational Enrichment Program (LEEP), Star Gazes Astronomy Club, Robotics, Science Olympiad, Clean Air Healthy Homes Project (CAHHP), and Bringing Research into the Classroom (BRIC).

Much deserving, Mrs. Rose was awarded Libby Public Schools educator of the year award during the Libby Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards and fundraising banquet held on Jan. 11. She is only the second teacher to be awarded educator of the year. The first was Mrs. Brenda Nagody, former band and music teacher.

When asked how she feels about her award, Mrs. Rose had this to say, “It’s very humbling, there are a lot of educators that deserve the same recognition, but it is also a high honor to be recognized for my efforts.”

One of the programs she enjoys most with the kids is the Clean Air and Healthy Homes Program (CAHHP) which is a science education outreach program that involves students in research of their own design related to indoor and outdoor air pollution and its links to respiratory health. This is an excellent way to engage students in relevant and authentic science research and learning.

Through CAHHP, students have the opportunity to earn top prizes for research presentations at a symposium held every year since 2016 at the University of Montana during the month of May.

Mrs. Rose is also involved in research work. The bacteriophage (a virus that infects and replicates within bacteria) named SalishRose was actually named after her as the researcher who worked with it. It was discovered in soil samples from the campus of Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, Mont.

She has been working to add the phage SalishRose to the website through the Bringing Research into the classroom program (BRIC) with Montana Tech. Rose told The Montanian, “It’s cool to get involved in research that means something.”

Her students have received first place awards for two years running at the Montana Science Olympiad (MTSO); an event devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science, and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. The Science Math Resource Center (SMRC) at Montana State University in Bozeman hosts the annual competition.

Vice-Principle, Mr. Germany said, “Mrs. Rose is so patient, and accommodating. She is the type of teacher where you have to work harder to fail then to pass… she is so good at working in different ways to help the students achieve. We are lucky to have her.”

Outside of school Rose stays very busy and is an avid violin player and teacher, she takes part in youth group work through the United Methodist Church, and she is on the Kootenai Rapids Soccer Club Board.

It seems that we are very lucky to have such a hard-working and caring teacher in our very own Libby Public School system. Thanks for all you do Mrs. Rose, we appreciate you.