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Our Alumni Rock

​​​​Our Alumni Rock highlights former students who gained skills of leadership, critical thinking, collaboration and listening to other points of view throughout their education at RPS 205.  ​​

​Meet Melissa Cadena​
Melissa Cadena
At Roosevelt ​Community Education Center, Melissa Cadena was in smaller, highly interactive classes. The 2012 Roosevelt graduate gained confidence in that environment--and it led to full-time work with a local manufacturing company. Read more about Cad​ena on the RPS 205 blog.

Meet Brittany Glidden

Brittany Glidden

Brittany Glidden structures her classroom so the students are in charge. A 1998 graduate of Jefferson High School, Glidden has taught journalism at East High School for 12 years. She believes teaching students how to be independent is critical.​ Learn more about Glidden on the Rockford Public Schools blog​.​​

Meet Dr. Zach Morris

Dr. Zach Morris

Dr. Zach Morris didn't achieve his dream of being a physician-scientist alone. A Rhodes Scholar who earned two degrees at Harvard, Morris is indebted to the teachers of RPS 205 who helped him along the way. He graduated from Guilford High School in 1998.​ R​ead more about the Guilford Viking on the RPS 205 blog.​

Meet Paul Thome

Paul Thome 

Debate and student council gave Paul Thome a foundation in the leadership skills he would call on at Sallie Mae, the student loan provider. The executive vice president of Sallie Mae, Thome graduated from East High School in 1969. Learn more about Th​ome's RPS 205 experience on our blog.​

Meet Anqunette Parham

​​​​​​​​Anqunette Parham
Anqunette Parham learned how to think analytically in the gifted program at Auburn High School. "If you are going to think about it," she said, "then you are going to analyze it." A 1999 graduate of Auburn, Parham will practice law after a career in public health in Rockford. Read more about the Auburn K​​night on the RPS 205 blog​.​

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