ROSLYN G. SMITH,
CLASS OF 1975

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FROM CLASS OF 1975 YEARBOOK

And Found a Happy Retirement!

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"Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and

get in good trouble, necessary trouble."

Congressman John Lewis

After the tassel turned, the mortar soared and the last slice of graduation cake consumed , Roslyn (Roz) G. Smith's next chapter began up north at the University of Pittsburgh.  She graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education, and a Master's in Educational Communications & Technology in 1981.

"I got a really good education at Frankford.  I was still finding myself at the Universtiy of Pittsburgh.  Of course, I loved that it was 300 miles away and no one could just drop by unexpectedly."

Photography and Technology Vying for Attention

"I was also interested in photography and computers.  I incorporated them into my early education training.  I used it as far as it could go, then took professional development classes to stay up-to-date."

1970s Blinking Cursor Control Shifts into the World Wide Web

Without personal computers, the World Wide Web would be impossible.  Personal computers were born in the 1970s, shortly after the development of the microprocessor chip. The Apple I came out in 1976, and the Apple II appeared in 1977. It had a 6502 processor running at 1 MHz. ...  (Electronics - How Stuff Works)

 

Then in 1982 IBM PC made a technological splash.  ...IBM made big, mainframe computers for major corporations. By introducing the PC, IBM gave personal computers real credibility. Since the PC came from IBM, it had a strong reputation behind it.

Emerging  behind the Apple and PC were:  graphical interfaces, CDs, VCRs, camcorders, video game consoles, walkmans, cable television...

Today, VR headsets, AI (artificial intelligence) and self-driving cars are quickly becoming our new reality.

Early Education Seed Planted at Frankford

"I've always been interested in working with children.  I actually started working with children at Frankford's day care center.  I took the child care class with Wilma Stevenson."

 

Elementary School Teaching Career Blossoms  

"My first two years I taught at Willard Elementary in Kensington, then spent the next twenty-four years at Reynolds Elementary at 24th & Jefferson  and my last two years before retiring in 2017, I taught at Robert Morris Elementary at 26th & Thompson Streets."

Educational Fruits Harvested Over-the-Years

"Moving students from point A to point B, along with parents thanking me for my service--made teaching very rewarding."

"I enjoy running into former students and seeing them living productive lives."

Home Grown Inspiration

"I was raised in a two-parent Christian home.  My parents were my role models.  I saw my parents work everyday.  My father worked for the U.S. Postal Service.  He retired as a Postmaster in Manayunk.  My mother was a community coordinator for the Home & School Association."  

 

"I grew up in Frankford.  My father's family owns a moving business  that's still there today."

Inside Frankford's Halls and on the Football Field

"I played the flute in Frankford's marching band, concert band and orchestra.  It was so much fun, and I made life-long friends.   I also played JV softball and JV bowling."

Advice for Today's Students

"Don't believe everything you see and hear.  Later in life, you'll realize that not everything appears as it seems. "