Betsy Rogers ’74, M.Ed. ’98, Ed.S. ’00, Ed.D. ’02, is professor and chair of the teacher education department at Samford University. Rogers served as a classroom teacher for almost 30 years, during which she was selected as National Teacher of the Year due to her ability to reach all students, regardless of family or economic situation. Recognizing all children learn differently, Dr. Rogers utilized a variety of methods and materials to promote meaningful learning and social cooperation. After receiving the award from President George W. Bush at the White House, she embarked on a yearlong national and international speaking tour representing her profession as she discussed issues of equitable education funding. Following her tour, Rogers joined the staff at the “neediest school” in Jefferson County. Under her leadership, the school began meeting its yearly progress standards. After her work there, this lifelong educator joined the faculty at Samford, which enables her to give back to the profession she holds dear by training the next generation of teachers.
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