Sonia Clark-Rosier, associate dean and guidance counselor at Wakulla High School, has been honored by Tallahassee Community College as one of twelve people chosen for their 17th annual Cherry Hall Alexander African-American History Calendar.
“Mrs. Clark-Rosier certainly fits this year’s TCC theme of ‘African-American Champions of Education’,” says Superintendent Bobby Pearce. “They chose an excellent example of someone who not only helps our students, but also educates our citizens about how our past shapes our present and how we can continually move forward in improving community unity.”
Clark-Rosier brings history alive through the annual Black History Month activities she coordinates at WHS. The month-long events such as holding “Unity/Spirit Day”; inviting sports and academic African-American celebrities to interact with students and the community; and holding a Black History Month Talent Show are just a few of the things she does leading up to the annual Black History Month Gala and Program, this year on February 25 at WHS.
Making sure that today’s students appreciate those who overcame barriers in the past, she has collaborated with local officials to make a proclamation of “Alvin Hall Day” to honor Wakulla High’s first African-American valedictorian. This year, the headliner for the Black History Month Program is Marshal Silvester Dawson, a Wakulla High graduate who is the eighth Marshal of the Supreme Court of Florida.
Yet Clark-Rosier is not just a proponent of community unity in February. Year-round she advocates for hope, healing and acceptance through diversity awareness and education. WHS Principal Mike Barwick notes, “Mrs. Clark-Rosier is a great addition to our faculty. She chairs our Diversity Committee, and is a person of action.” For example, she initiated the first annual Sam McGrew Football Camp for 155 of Wakulla’s local athletes.
From a long line of educators including teachers, administrators, and counselors, Clark-Rosier has spent more than 20 years helping students. She has mentored students as a participant in former Governor Jeb Bush’s Mentoring Initiative, plus taught students in Exceptional Education classes in Leon and Wakulla County public schools beginning in 2004.
Clark-Rosier has been married to Shawn Rosier for 19 years, and they have a son Anthony.
She is a graduate of the University of Alabama, plus earned master’s degrees from both Florida State University and Amridge University. Clark-Rosier is also a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., and the Order of the Eastern Star, whose mission statement she strives to model in her daily life: “Charity, Truth and Loving Kindness”.