- South Hills Elementary School
A Mother’s Legacy
(Friday, May 7, 2021) -- Fort Worth ISD triplet elementary teachers Janelle, Jasmine and Jessica grew up with the ideal example of what it takes to be an impactful teacher. And they didn’t have far to look.
For nearly 30 years, their mother, Rose Gore, taught orchestra in the Fort Worth ISD. The three women said that it was a treat for them as children to visit her classroom or help set it up for a new school year. They say they had fun just being around her.
“Growing up with her as a teacher was awesome because we would always spend our breaks with her,” said Jasmine Gore, a kindergarten teacher at Harlean Beal Elementary School. “She was there after school to enforce what we learned in school.”
As a teacher herself, Rose Gore knew exactly what her three girls, who loved learning, needed, and she knew how to teach them, said Janelle Gore, a kindergarten teacher at J.T. Stevens said.
“We were just always there, and she was there helping us with everything,” she said. “It was fun.”
Like many children, the Gore sisters played school. They even designated their individual bedrooms as different classrooms like math and reading. But, they didn’t think about growing up to become teachers like their mother. They aspired to be veterinarians, enter the medical field, or study law.
It wasn’t until the girls had graduated from Arlington Heights High School and entered the University of Oklahoma majoring in other fields, that they decided to become teachers. Jasmine was the first to change her major, from business to early childhood education. Janelle and Jessica then switched from nursing majors to early childhood education and elementary education, respectively.
“When they decided to do it, I was very happy, and I actually felt honored that they wanted to do something behind me, actually do what I do,” Rose Gore said. “They called me one by one and told me that they’d changed [majors], and I was like ‘oh good!’
“I love the fact that they saw that I loved teaching so much that they wanted to do the same.”
Janelle, Jasmine and Jessica carry that same love of teaching into their own classrooms, along with important lessons passed down from their mother.
“I just wanted them to do their best and to love it. I wanted them to love kids because if you don’t love kids, you can’t do the job,” Rose Gore said. “And when you love it, your whole all just goes with it.”
Rose Gore encouraged her daughters to be themselves in the classroom, but also meet their students where they are, knowing every class is different and requires adjusting to meet the needs of the students.
Janelle, Jasmine and Jessica started their education careers with the Fort Worth ISD seven years ago, just as their mother was completing her last year fulltime. They all agree that it was “a given” that they would return from Oklahoma to teach in their hometown.
The first few years of teaching were tough, the triplets say, because it was all so new, but they had their campus teammates, one another, and especially their mother to turn to for support. In fact, they say they go to her for advice on everything, especially their educational careers.
“She just has that command presence that when she walks into a room ‘oh the kids are going to listen to her,’” Jessica Gore, a second-grade teacher at West Handley Elementary School, said of her mother. “So, it’s just like how do you do that? What am I supposed to do?”
Janelle Gore said her mother connected with students in such a way that even years later, they friend her on Facebook and invite her to their weddings. She said she looks back now and thinks about the patience her mother had.
“You never knew that she was having a bad day or anything like that,” Janelle Gore said. “She lights up the room. She still does. That’s the kind of relationships that I hope that I’m building and that I feel like I’m building with my students now.”
Jasmine Gore said that she carries to the classroom her mother’s way of reading to children.
“My students love to listen to me read because we loved to listen to her read when we were younger, and so reading is one of my favorite times of the day,” she said. “It makes them enjoy reading.”
Relationship-building with students is something Jessica Gore said she picked up from her mother. She recalls how students were encouraged to go speak with her mother when they were struggling with something. Jessica said that she learned from her mother how to be that go-to person for children on her own campus.
“She kind of would help be like this guidance counselor for these kids, and they just really trusted her,” Jessica Gore said of her mother. “That’s something that she does that I’ve seen all the time – make every single student, whether you tell them with words, whether you show them with actions, let them know that you love them.”
The Gore sisters’ way of teaching doesn’t go unnoticed by their peers. Jasmine and Jessica were recognized as FWISD Campus Teacher of the Year honorees in 2021 and 2019, respectively, and Janelle has been recognized as Teacher of the Month in her pyramid.
Now, with the triplets seven years into teaching, Rose Gore is also back in the classroom. She exclusively takes substitute assignments at her daughters’ three campuses where students know and call her “Mama Gore.”
“I love watching them teach and watching each of their teaching styles,” Rose Gore said. “It is so much fun to sub alongside of them.”
The sisters agree that it’s a precious gift having their mother nearby.
“She definitely taught me how to be the exact teacher that I wanted to be,” Jessica Gore said.
Their ideal example of teaching is never too far away.