John Rose, Volunteer of Hillsborough Education Foundation, older man in classroom smiling, wearing blue shirt


John Rose has spent more than 1,000 hours volunteering for Hillsborough Education Foundation—and was named our 2019 Volunteer of the Year.

“I originally started volunteering because I wanted to give back to the schools,” says Rose.
Rose, who is a teacher at Dorothy Thomas School, spends his time stocking shelves and doing whatever is needed around our Teaching Tools Resource Center—a store where Hillsborough County teachers in Title I schools can shop once a month for the classroom supplies students need to succeed.

“I know that Teaching Tools helps a lot of schools in need where students don’t have the necessities to get through the school day,” says Rose. “To give back to those schools is a great accomplishment and I feel like I’m doing my part.”