ST. ALBANS – There’s working, and then there’s Rose Bedard, who is equally as passionate about every one of her four jobs: after-school program coordinator, dance instructor, coach, and server.
Her only time off arrives each Sunday.
“That’s when I relax and have time to myself – for me things,” Rose said in her office at the St. Albans Town Educational Center (SATEC).
Rose is in her fifth year at SATEC, where she is the afterschool program coordinator. She oversees all athletic programming for grades 5-8, after school programming for grades 3-8, and summer camps. For most of the workweek, she is at SATEC.
“That’s my big girl job,” she said, but she is at SATEC because she likes children – and it’s reciprocated. She strives on making positive connections at school – and elsewhere – and appreciates each day, she said.
“I feel like that’s something that’s missing around these days,” she said.
Rose is in her second year as a teacher for Cheryl Ann Kelly at Electric Youth Dance Studio, based in St. Albans. Rose works at Electric Youth three to four days a week – during evening lessons – and helped Cheryl Ann expand her studio into Georgia in September.
“I’m excited about it, and I see her vision,” Rose said.
From November through February, Rose, who lives in Burlington, arrives at Mt. Mansfield Union High School at 6:15 a.m. to coach her junior varsity and varsity dance teams. She is in her seventh season at Mt. Mansfield and started the dance program with 12 girls; she now has 46.
Rose also started a dance program at SATEC called 2INSPIRE, which has more than 55 dancers. She started that program for dancers in grades 5-8 in 2005 and extended it to high school students in 2007.
Finally, for the past nine years, Rose has been a server in the Upper Deck Pub at the Windjammer restaurant, in South Burlington, on Thursday and Friday nights.
How does she balance it all? Time management. Navigating circumstance and people. And flexibility.
“Believe it or not, I’ve cut back,” she said. “People don’t think I sleep, but I do. I really do.”
Rose was the sports editor for The Mercury newspaper at BFA-St. Albans and wanted to be journalist when she graduated in 1999. She attended Champlain College for two years and wants to return – but she doesn’t learn well while sitting still.
“I have to have my hands right in it,” she said.
Her dance background started with tap lessons at age 6. She also took gymnastics and spent many years in her bedroom with Janet Jackson and Paula Abdul on her CD player, after school.
“I like to teach life lessons through dance,” Rose said. Her future is open.
“I like now right now,” she said. “I’m just in love with what I’m doing right now. I’m not looking for something or chasing anything.”