Twelve years before the current pandemic, Shaun Rose helped save his center from closing down. The church that housed the Bethesda, Maryland, center in its basement said the arrangement no longer worked.
Rose sprinted into action, got himself onto the center’s board of directors, helped find a new space and oversaw the construction of the center’s new home.
Ultimately, he helped grow the Rock Spring Children’s Center into a bigger school, with 176 kids, from infants to preschoolers. Rose, now 48, became the center’s director, leaving his job as a math teacher and fulfilling what felt like a calling.
“That was going to be the story of my lifetime,” Rose said.
Now he’s not so