Denise Rowson is a native of New York City, who presently resides in Durham, NC. While in New York City, she received her B.A. from Hunter College majoring in Health and Physical Education and then went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Adapted Physical Education and Rehabilitation. She also holds her state certification in School Administration and Supervision.
Being an educator for the past 40 years, Ms. Rowson has taught from elementary to adult education, from public schools to adult prison systems, both in traditional and non-traditional school settings. She served as a school administrator in the award-winning Carter G. Woodson Academy in the Spofford Juvenile Center in Bronx, New York for 6 years before relocating to Durham NC in 1990.
For the past almost 30 years, though working with younger children, Ms. Rowson has worked most of her education career working with challenging youth and young adults in both the classroom as an teacher and as a life skills facilitator in PROUD, a juvenile diversionary program for youth offenders. Presently she works as an Elementary Program Specialist for Durham Public Schools where she supervises elementary school before and after school programs.
Ms. Rowson prides herself in the service she does for her community. She is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., founding member of the 20/20 Sisters of Vision Giving Circle, Past Steering Committee Member of Durham CAN (Congregations, Associations, and Neighborhoods), Past Board Member of the DOVE Institute and active in her church at Mt. Level Missionary Baptist Church in Durham, NC where she has recently completed her studies to become a Stephen’s Minister.
Her most recent calling has been to work with women. Her future goal after retiring from Durham Public Schools is to work full-time with women both here in the US and around the world.
She has two children, her daughter Shane and son Jelani. She has a 14 year old grandson, Derrick who will be attending Southern High School this year to take classes concentrated in Computer Engineering.