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Roseann Kytka

A native New Yorker, Roseann has taught in regular and special education classes in both private and public schools from preschool through high school in NYC and St. Louis, MO. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Social Studies from St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights and Masters of Elementary Education from the College of Staten Island. Roseann takes this wide range of educational experiences to serve the church and the Forest Hills community.

The daughter of second generation Italian-Americans, Roseann was brought up with a great awareness of Jesus as God. However, the historical story of Christ did not seem practically relevant to her teenage life in urban modern society. Encouraged by a high school classmate, she explored the pages of the New Testament and at 15 years of age discovered that the biblical Jesus desired to impact her heart in personal, practical and eternal ways. Through this initial reading of the gospels and epistles coupled with a tangible expression of God's love she experienced at a local Bible church, Roseann became inspired by this life-changing gospel message. She finally began connecting the dots between the God originally defined by her Catholic upbringing with the Jesus of the Bible who, from Genesis to Revelation, reveals His longing to know His people intimately and completely.

Roseann, Michael and their two children, Michael II and Alexandra returned to NYC from St. Louis in 2004 to embark on the creation of a new local church in Forest Hills, New York with Redeemer Presbyterian in Manhattan. Roseann oversees AscensionKids, and encourages both Sunday School teachers and students alike to grow in the knowledge, wisdom and love of Jesus personally and corporately. The coordination of Ascension's annual summer Vacation Bible School offered to children ages 3-13 is one of the highlights of her work. Roseann also coordinates EasterFest and ChristmasFest, which are community events for our neighborhood.

Roseann enjoys making and meeting new friends, leading bible discussion groups, going to concerts, exploring the nooks and crannies of this great city, swimming and scrapbooking. With one child in high school, she is bemoaning the day when her second surpasses her in height.