Words about Roseline from her coworkers:
"What can I say about the saint who resides in the corner of my classroom ...She does SO much and accepts so little in return. Once she told me, "The greatest thing you will ever give these kids is your time." Ms. Onu knows better than anyone the time it takes to do this job as well as she does. She keeps me sane, silly, and more often than not - well fed."
"Ms. Onu is the glue that holds our 1st grade team together. She is always readily available to assist in any capacity, more importantly she offers her service with a smile. She is funny, compassionate and seasoned with experience. It's a joy working alongside her. Her purpose on campus is to serve the kids and educate them. She will always do what's best for the students no matter what. In the words of artist, 2Face, " She is my African Queen!" Well deserved recognition! Caliber loves you Ms. Onu. Thanks for all you do."
A recent interview with Roseline:
What is your favorite thing about working at Caliber?
My favorite thing about working at Caliber is definitely the families. My interactions with the kids allow me to build relationships with everyone in their families; the moms, dads, uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews. They have all touched and enriched me in different ways. The kids are very loving and appreciative. Their thirst for learning is infinite. I remember spending a little time helping a kid in third grade two years ago with a math problem. She thanked me for days and days. Her family went to Mexico and they brought me back a pen made in Chapala. The families are gracious and love to help. I honestly believe that one of Caliber’s strongest points is the relationship we build with our families. We are blessed in those strong relationships and I am thankful to be a part of it. I have not met anyone at Caliber that I didn’t like. I know for a fact that our "Rome" at Caliber is being built. We are always growing and evolving!!
What was your favorite subject when you were in school and why?
While I was in school, I loved history. I attribute it to the fact that I love to tell stories. I love memorizing dates and I am kind of good at it. Unfortunately, being good at memorizing was in the past, right now, I suffer from CRS (Can’t Remember Stuff).
What is your favorite memory associated with music (maybe a memorable concert, or playing an instrument yourself!)?
I have a true love for the piano. My mother gave me a few lessons as a child, however, I got too busy with other interests. I tried to live vicariously through my children by signing them up for piano lessons, but that also went to downhill . I now satisfy that true love by embracing Antonio Vivaldi’s classical music. It’s close enough.
If you could go on a dream vacation, what would you do + where would you go?
I would love to go to Paris on a dream vacation. I have heard so many beautiful things about Paris. The cafes, the people, the historic buildings and architectural styles etc. One day, I shall make my dream a reality by walking the streets of Paris and give the Effiel Tower a big hug.
What is your favorite thing about the Bay Area (or specifically Richmond )?
My family has lived in the Bay Area for over thirty years. The Bay Area reminds me of a famous giant melting-pot. There are so many people that come from so many different walks of life. It amazes me to see how all these different people come together here and for the most part are able to coexist.
What is one fun fact that most people don't know about you?
I love music and I love to dance! Many people do not know that I actually love different genres of music, one of them being heavy metal!