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Rosemary Galanda Jenkins

Profile Updated: December 23, 2014
Residing In:
Granada Hills, CA USA
Spouse/Partner:
Willie James Jenkins
Occupation:
teacher, ret; columnist/author; community activist
Children:
(Mr.) Udeka , born 1977;
stepchildren: Garron, born 1963; Martique, born 1967
Comments:

College; went into the Peace Corps; taught in LAUSD for 37 years; married with one son (two grandsons) and two stepchildren (2 granddaughters); became an author of 3 books and currently writing for citywatchla.com and laprogressive.com and hollywoodprogressive.com

What did you do right after high school?

Attended UCSB, double-majored: English and history; humanities minor.
Bachelor's degrees in English and history; secondary teaching credential

What did you want to do or think you were going to do when you finished high school?

I planned on attending college. Had thought since age 7 that I would become a doctor but believed a woman who wants to become a doctor would not be able to spend adequate time at home with husband and children. Consequently, I became a teacher, a position which allowed me to work with children and be an active participant with my own family. I was always very active with my son's activities, including being a team mom and even a soccer coach.

What would we be surprised to know about you?

As a teacher I was able to take students to many countries around the world--a situation which also gave me the opportunity to bring my insights into the classroom. I worked with Habitat for Humanity in Nicaragua and studied in Mexico and Costa Rica and was in the Peace Corps in Brazil for a time.

I have become a successful writer.

What’s your favorite memory of THS?

Being part of the Leadership class was very rewarding for me. I never missed a football or basketball game in four years and was probably the loudest screamer at those events--very proud of our basketball team when we went to the playoffs in Long Beach.

My favorite memory is the advice a young man gave me about looking around and being more chatty and warm as I walked between classes (I was always thinking about the next class). I have ever since made a point of speaking to and showing interest in just about everyone, such as the cook, janitor, gardener, person in line at the market, or just the average man/woman on the street.

Biggest thing you would do differently if you went back to your time at THS?

I had a wonderful group of friends but should have reached out to be part of a broader range of friendships.

Any words of wisdom?

The purpose of life is to make yourself a better person and to make the world a better place!

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Feb 22, 2022 at 3:31 PM

Happy Birthday, Janet. May you enjoy many more. Be well and stay safe.

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Jan 31, 2022 at 2:51 PM

Happy Birthday and many more wonderful ones! Have a great year forward.

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Dec 12, 2021 at 11:52 AM

I am glad I was able to write a note to Mr. Ronan before he passed.  He was a truly good man.  It was good to see him at our 50th Reunion.  I shall long remember him.

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Jul 29, 2021 at 12:48 PM

Happy Birthday on another year. Hope all is well. We are all grateful to you for all the diligent work you do on our THS
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Jun 16, 2021 at 2:12 PM

Happy Birthday and many more!

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Posted on: Jun 14, 2021 at 4:29 PM

Hope all is well. A quick question: I don't see Sally Kantorski on any of the lists. Has she been located? If so, do you know how to contact her? Thank you. Be well.

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Jun 01, 2021 at 8:11 AM

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Feb 04, 2021 at 12:46 PM

Happy Birthday, William. Have a wonderful, fulfilling, contented one and many more. Be well. Stay safe.

Nov 02, 2020 at 2:18 PM

Posted on: Nov 01, 2020 at 11:22 AM

Happy Birthday, Alvin, and many more great ones! Warmly, Rosemary Galanda Jenkins

Jul 16, 2020 at 1:10 PM

We are all doing well here. We feel very blessed. Take care.

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Posted on: Jul 10, 2020 at 10:25 AM

Happy Birthday, Shirley. I hope you are well and safe. Take care. Here's to many more great years!

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Jul 21, 2019 at 3:40 PM

Happy Birthday and many more. Enjoy every one!

Jul 13, 2019 at 6:01 PM

Happy Birthday. Enjoy each one.

Jul 11, 2019 at 6:13 PM

Happy Birthday, Shirley. Enjoy each and every one of them!

Jun 20, 2019 at 10:36 PM

Happy Birthday and many more!

Jun 12, 2019 at 11:40 AM

Happy Birthday and many more happy, healthy ones!

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Feb 24, 2019 at 1:33 PM

So sorry to hear about his passing.  God speed.

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Posted on: Feb 23, 2019 at 12:50 PM

Happy Birthday and many more. Keep up all the great work you do!

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