Resident Spotlight: Rosalind Byrd


Posted by Kia Crawford on February 4th, 2015 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?: Rosalind was born on October 23, 1950 in Atlanta, Georgia. She grew up in the same area that she was born in.  She was the 4th oldest child and the first girl in a family with 6 brothers and 2 sisters.  Today she has 3 brothers and 2 sisters living.

Rosalind graduated from George Washington Carver High School and received an Associate’s degree in Secretarial Science and Bachelors of Arts degree from Pic.-Rosalind-Byrd-672x372Georgia State University and has a Master’s degree in Special Education from Clark Atlanta University.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?: Rosalind states that some of her favorite memories from her childhood included playing street ball with her brothers and sisters. She played basketball and was captain of the team. She was co-captain of the track team in high school.

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?: Rosalind states that her favorite memories from her adulthood include teaching special education students in school.  She was also married two times, first to Gary Elesby. Not long after they married he began military service and he died serving his country. Her second marriage was to Walter P. Byrd and they married March 15, 1976. They were married until he died in 2012.  Rosalind has 3 children; 2 girls and 1 boy. She has 4 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

Did you have a profession?:  Rosalind was first a medical transcriptionist, which she did for about 20 years, and then she went back to school to get her degrees. She taught school as a special education teacher and a Language Arts teacher. She taught school about 13 years before she retired in 2012.

What accomplishment in your life do you feel most proud?:  Rosalind states that she is most proud of teaching kids how to read, going back to school and receiving her degrees, and raising 3 wonderful children.

Is there anything you’ve learned in life you wish to share with someone who is just graduating college?: Rosalind states that people need to decide what they want to do in life, and then figure out how to do what you want to do by researching the best way to do what you want to do.

Is there anything you’ve learned in life you wish to share with someone who is just starting a family?:  Rosalind states that people need to make sure that they really want to have a family first before starting to have children.

What brought you to Dogwood Forest?:  Rosalind states that she came to Dogwood Forest to get needed physical therapy after a stroke.

How do you enjoy Dogwood Forest as your new home?:  It’s OK.