After 33 years of dedicating her life as a teacher, one LISD educator is saying goodbye to her classroom. NewsChannel 11's Suleika Acosta takes us to Nat Williams Elementary for this bittersweet Teacher You Can Count On.
For more than three decades, Second Grade Teacher Jill Rogers has taught student after student, and has enjoyed every one.
"What other job can you be greeted with 22 children that are eager to tell you about their life and share with you about different things," asks Mrs. Rogers.
Through the years her curriculum has gone beyond reading writing and arithmetic. She teaches respect, responsibility and community service. "I also stress to them that we are a family and that we must all work together and support each other," says the retiring teacher.
One former student remembers the kindness Mrs. Rogers showed during a difficult time. "I remember my mom was going through cancer that year and Mrs. Rogers would fix my hair some mornings because my mom wasn't home," says Tiffany Hanes, former student.
Tiffany has dozens of memorable moments from Mrs. Roger's class. But it's the teacher's caring nature that impacted her most. "It just makes me realize there are good people out there and the good things they do," she says.
Mrs. Rogers's students agree her sense of humor and welcoming attitude make her an outstanding teacher. And though she will miss her students, she's grateful for her time with them in the classroom. "I feel so lucky to have taught all of these years and shared my life and share my experiences with all my boys and girls I have taught," says Mrs. Rogers.
After retirement, Mrs. Rogers plans to do some volunteer work for the community