Rogers named part-time Teacher of the Year

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Sandra Rogers, part-time teacher at Anderson 1 and 2 Adult Education has been recognized as Region 1 Part-time Teacher of the Year at the Adult Education Spring Training Institute held February 15 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. She was nominated for the award by her fellow teachers. Pictured: Rogers receives her award from the South Carolina Adult and Community Education (SCACE) president, Alice Baughman.

In the nomination statement that was submitted, they said the following:

“Anderson 1 & 2 Adult Education would be at a loss without our part-time GED Math teacher, Sandra Rogers. Retired, Sandra chooses to continue teaching as an Adult Education teacher, and we are so thankful for it. She is a dedicated, caring teacher with a high success rate of passing GED scores.”

It states that Sandra is dedicated to her students and that it is not unusual to find her staying late to give extra help to those who need it. She makes it a regular practice to touch base with absent students too. Using LACES and TABE, Sandra draws up an individualized plan for each student. In class, she offers math tips and tricks such as PEMDAS (Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally) for order of operations and Gallon Man for measurement. Mrs. Rogers also chooses to stay with her students until they pass the GED, which often means working year round instead of taking her summer off.

It also states that the Adult Ed program is grateful for Rogers because of her concern for others.

“Mrs. Rogers is not just another teacher to her students. She’s exceptional at building rapport with guarded students, and genuinely cares for everyone’s wellbeing. She finds out about problems students might have with finances, health, and job placement and helps them whenever she can. She and her husband have been instrumental in helping graduates find jobs in and around the community. Sandra even inspires her students to give back,” it said. “Because of her influence, one of her past students established a scholarship fund for future learners who do not have the money to pay for their GED. He still returns to her class from time to time with breakfast biscuits in hand for her class.”

The statement finishes with the following: “Mrs. Rogers gets results. The number of her students passing the math portion of the GED test is astonishing. According to LACES, ninety-five percent pass the math portion on their first try. This success rate can clearly be attributed to not only her hard work, but the relationship building she invests in with her classes. Teaching is a gift, not a task for Sandra Rogers. We, her co-workers, are fortunate to work with such a dedicated and talented teacher. We hope you will recognize this exceptional teacher.”