By Alora Barden
For her dedication and hard work, Darci Rogers has been named the 2016-2017 Dodge County High School Teacher of the Year.
“When Dr. Long announced at the pep rally that I was chosen for Teacher of the Year, I was absolutely shocked,” Rogers said. “I don’t do well with any sort of recognition; I’m more of a behind-the-scenes girl.”
Even though Rogers does not enjoy the spotlight, she still makes an impact.“Ms. Rogers is an outstanding educator and an asset to DCHS,” Principal Dr. Susan Long said. “She is involved in everything that goes on and has a very positive influence.”
“I am very honored to have received this award,” Rogers said. “There are so many wonderful teachers at Dodge County High School.” After graduating from DCHS, Rogers received her associates of arts and secondary education degrees from Middle Georgia College, now Middle Georgia State University. Then she continued her education at the University of Georgia and earned her Bachelor’s degree in math and science education. Rogers obviously has passion for lifelong learning because she later furthered her education at Walden University to receive her master’s in art and integrating technology into the classroom. She then acquired her education specialist’s degree in curriculum and interaction from Piedmont College.
Before teaching at DCHS, Rogers taught at Winder Barrow High School and East Jackson Comprehensive High School. “I have worked at other schools with other people and have loved every place I’ve been a part of,” Rogers said. “However, there’s something different here at DCHS.” Rogers says that the teachers and students at DCHS are genuine and make teaching a joy.
Darci Rogers is an active member of the DCHS teaching team. She is an advisor for Student Council, Math Club, and Annual Staff. She also assists with Prom and Homecoming. In her free time, Rogers enjoys shopping, traveling, and spending time with family.
Pictured(l-r) Assistant Principal Alvin Williams, Principal Dr. Susan Long, DCHS Teacher of the Year Darci Rogers, Assistant Principal Pam Melvin, and Assistant Principal Richard Gay