Tampa Bay Lightning February 2024 Teacher of the Month

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Tampa Bay Lightning February 2024 Teacher of the Month


Debbie Rogers


Vernon Elem. School

Classroom Team:

Please write a short bio about yourself and your teaching career!

After graduating  from FSU in 1993,   I was the Regional Literacy Center Coordinator for the northwest Florida.  Then, I moved to Chicago, IL I taught at a small college teaching adult ESOL students to read. After moving back to Florida, I worked in schools for “”at risk”” children in 4th and 5th grades.

I just love to work with people, especially underdogs. My mom all ways said, “”Leave it to Debbie,  she has always been for the underdog.”” When one of my 5th graders comes back and tells me you were my favorite teacher, and I ask “”Why?””  He replies, “” You never gave up on us when everyone else did.”” Teaching has not made me rich in materialistic values, but it has given me a sense of purpose in my life.

Because of adoption, I am involved with the foster child program.

What is your favorite part of the Future Goals™program? How do you see STEM in the game of hockey?

Well the “Future Goals” purpose seems like it coincides with sports, especially hockey. One reason, goals, in hockey the teams try to make the goals and in the “Future Goals” programs students are trying to reach their goals. Reason two, teachers always have goals in mind when trying new ideas and concepts. Lastly but more importantly, you can use goals to teach so many things. For example, if you use hockey to teach math, the students can be taught statics, averages, and comparisons.

If you played hockey, what position would you play?

I would play a forward because I like playing for the defense.