About Ms. Rodgers

About Ms. Rodgers

Steelers          jcu    skiing
 
I'd like to welcome you to second grade!  This will be my 10th year teaching but my first year at Shimotsu.  I've taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades. Teaching is my passion and I'm very excited to start a new school year! 
 
Originally from Pennsylvania, I'm a big Steelers fan.  I spent 4 years in Cleveland where I earned a degree from John Carroll University in Political Science and Spanish.  After those long, freezing winters, I spent a few years in Denver working in public and language schools and skiing as much as possible.  Then it was time to get warm so I moved as far south as I could. 
 
I worked for one year at a birth center in Weslaco, then five years at a kidney transplant center in McAllen.  All the while I was teaching ESL and tutoring in my free time.  The call to teach became so strong I entered an alternative certification program, got my EC-4 Bilingual Teaching Certificate, and have never looked back. I don't regret not going directly into teaching, though, because the experience I gained working in other areas has helped me in the classroom in so many ways.
 
I have been an avid reader since elementary school, and that is the most important gift I can share with my students.  My favorite part of this job is to help students develop their own love of books. 
 
I feel so blessed to get to do something I love every single day.  Thank you for entrusting me with your children.  Working together we will have a great year!