by Lettie Stratton
It may be hard to find someone who loves Shelburne more than Maris Rose. Born in East Rochester, N.Y., Rose moved to Shelburne 23 years ago after spending many years traveling and living all around the country working with Boys Town, an organization that helps children in need. Rose lived in a log cabin in Hinesburg for many years but ultimately couldn’t stay away from the town she loved. “When I found Shelburne, it felt like home,” she said.
Rose studied elementary education at St. Bonaventure University and is very passionate about her work as a parent coach and preschool teacher. Recently, she taught pre-school at Heart Works but now runs her own children’s program called “Mornings with Maris” at All Souls Interfaith Gathering in Shelburne. Rose said she loved her time at Heart Works but wanted to create a program unique to her own interests.
“Mornings with Maris” hosts six pre-school aged children per morning and focuses on nature and creativity. Children spend time outdoors in the forests and meadows collecting caterpillars, making music, playing freely, and learning through hands-on activities. “It’s dream-come-true work,” Rose said. “I work with wonderful children and families.” Rose has been running the program by herself for about a year and said it grew simply by word of mouth.
In addition to teaching, Rose keeps herself busy singing in two local groups: The South County Chorus and an a capalla group, In Accord. “Music is important to me,” she said. Rose also loves to spend time with her family, which includes a 3-year-old grandson named Axel. Her two sons, Zack and Nik Macik, attended Shelburne Community School and CVU. Rose has been married to Shelburne native Michael Muzzy for 13 years, and his sons (her stepsons) Dan, Dalton, and Doug Muzzy, have become family as well.
“What’s not to love about Shelburne?” Rose concluded. “Shelburne has wonderful people. There’s such a regard for the environment, for children, and for family life.”
Interests/hobbies: Yoga, walking, spending time with family.
Favorite book: “Heaven on Earth: A Handbook for Parents of Young Children” by Sharifa Oppenheimer, and anything by Fannie Flagg.
Favorite food: Apples and Italian cuisine. Rose’s favorite restaurant is Cucina Antica. “The Chef/Owner Will Wisell and his wife Cristy are fabulous people and amazing chefs,” she said.
Favorite Shelburne Haunt: Rose loves The Flying Pig bookstore, Jamie Two Coats, and Shelburne Orchards. “It’s a lovely place for children to explore and home of the best cider doughnuts in the universe!” she said.
Favorite music/most memorable concert: Rose said her taste in music is very eclectic. She loves classical music and said a stand-out concert for her was, “Seeing my stepson Dalton play drums with his band Prana, which means ‘breath,’ at Shelburne Farms last summer.”
What’s on your bucket list?: “I’ve never been to Italy. My grandparents are from there and I’d love to go!”