Staff Spotlight: 20 Questions in 2 Minutes with Emily Rozmus
20 Questions in 2 Minutes is our series of interviews with Management Council staff members. This week’s guest is Emily Rozmus, Senior Instructional Specialist, with the INFOhio team.
- What is your least favorite food?
If someone says, “Let’s go out to eat,” and I had to pick something, I wouldn’t pick Chinese. I’ll eat it, but there are a lot of ingredients that I don’t like about it—especially water chestnuts. They have a weird texture.
- What’s the first thing you do in the morning?
Make my coffee.
- How do you take your coffee?
I used to drink it black, but with my first pregnancy (many years ago), I started to put a bit of milk in it. I rationalized that it was better for me. Recently, I’ve made the switch to adding a splash of almond milk.
- What’s your favorite way to spend time with your family?
Eating. It’s what we do best! Really, it’s very nice because everyone is in all different directions these days. So, every couple of weeks, we sit down and have dinner and talk and enjoy some normal family interaction.
- What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done, and why did you do it?
I think really one of the scariest things I’ve done is leaving my tenured position as a school librarian and coming to INFOhio seven years ago. I had been eyeing INFOhio for a while—it was my dream job. INFOhio had always only offered one-year contracts. I took the position knowing that we wouldn’t know if the job would be there next year. That was scary, but I did it.
- In the summer, would you rather be at the beach or go camping?
The beach because I can leave a beach and go back to my AC and running water. I like civilization.
- If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Well, right now, my dream trip is going to Great Britain. That’s the next big trip I’m going to take. I read a lot, and I love books that are set anywhere in the southern half of Great Britain. I literally have looked at maps to see where the setting of the book fits into my dream trip itinerary—Canterbury to London, to Salisbury, to Cornwall. And Wales, a little north.
- What would you name the autobiography of your life?
A Little Bit Country and A Little Bit Rock and Roll
- What’s the best career advice you’ve ever heard?
I actually got some good advice this morning. I was working on my annual goal, and I was told that I still have so much passion that I should really think about how to help others realize their own passions. It’s not the first time someone has told me that. I had a superintendent who really talked about finding your passion life. It is a good topic to come back to periodically in your career.
- When you were a kid, did you eat the crusts on your sandwich or not?
Yes, because my grandma told me if you ate the crusts you got curly hair. I ate them, and my hair is still straight. My little sister had lots of curly hair, and I wanted mine to be curly, too. My mom used to give my older sister and I home perms all the time.
- What’s your favorite thing to do on the weekends?
Sleep! I’m kidding. On a good weekend, when we’re not stuck inside all the time, I enjoy being outside walking, hiking, and appreciating nature. I also like reading a lot. And writing. I try to divvy up my time.
- What’s the most exciting part of your job?
I have to say, it’s learning new skills and concepts. I’ve been given so many different opportunities that I never thought I’d be able to do. For example, I am reviewing grants for ODE, and I find it very rewarding to not only be able to read how groups around the state want to improve education, but also improve my evaluation skills.
- What’s your favorite family memory?
The trip we took to South Dakota one summer. It’s an awesome place to visit, and the kids were just at the right age where they were fun and getting along. We drove west through the state and saw the Badlands, the Black Hills, and Mount Rushmore. There’s also kitschy stuff like the Corn Palace and Wall Drugs. It’s just a beautiful place to go and visit in the US. Whenever we talk about the trip, the kids talk about how our car broke down along the way, and I had to get a new fuel pump.
- Which historical figure would you most like to meet?
Princess Diana. I had a real girl crush on her when I was little. I remember getting up super early to watch the wedding. I would check out the same photo books of her from the library over and over to see what she wore. As I’ve grown up, I have recognized the quality of human she was by her outreach and humanitarian work. My close second is Marilyn Monroe. There are a lot of parallels between the two women.
- How did you meet your spouse?
We met in high school in a McDonald’s parking lot. He was wearing red cowboy boots. It was 1987. I thought, “Look at that guy in the red cowboy boots!” The rest is history.
- What three traits define you?
I would like to think that I am:
- Intuitive. I listen to and trust my instincts and can read a situation well.
- Authentic. I have never been the kind of person to lie or pretend easily.
- Balanced. I do not swing too much in one direction without considering the other side’s possibilities.
- What is your personal philosophy?
It’s what I tell my kids all the time: you are allowed to make mistakes, but you have to learn from them. This is something I fall back on frequently. We are all human, and we’re going to screw up. Do better next time.
- Describe a win from the work you’ve done.
I can think of a lot of things, but I think recently the win has been some of the support I’ve been able to provide as INFOhio moves RemotEDx forward, focusing on the high-quality instructional materials. There’s a shift that’s coming about how we talk about what we do for students, teachers, and parents, and I like the groundwork we are doing in facilitating the shift.
- How do you define success?
I get a great deal of satisfaction in my work when I take a project from its beginning conception, work through the steps, navigate the issues, and come out with a final product. Success for me is working through the process, completing the project, and seeing how it evolves from there. I enjoy having a team where everyone has the same goal. An example of that would be the Early Learning Portal project. It was a good, successful project which is still relevant for learners today. I have good memories of that project even though I got my first speeding ticket on my way to a meeting the day it went live.
- What is your favorite thing about working at the Management Council?
By far it’s the people. It is closely followed by the fact that we really do have a lot of flexibility and creative potential to enhance our roles and duties on a daily basis.