Charles Evans Elementary School’s speech language therapy assistant Haley Rogers was recognized as Ardmore City Schools’ first Very Extraordinary Teacher award recipient last week during ACS’ monthly school board meeting.
Superintendent Kim Holland said the award, a glass plaque in the shape of an apple, will be awarded monthly.
“We felt like just waiting and recognizing our teaching staff just once a year wasn’t quite enough, so we wanted to start recognizing a teacher that was selected by the campus each month,” Holland said.
This year marks Rogers’ sixth with the district. In addition to Charles Evans Elementary students, she works with Chickasaw Head Start students, making for a case load of about 50 students.
“No matter how challenging a situation is, no matter how stressful a situation is, she always maintains a positive, professional attitude and demeanor,” Charles Evans principal Denise Brunk said. “She also pitches in for anything I happen to nominate her for.”
Rogers’ mother Shelly, who teaches in Sulphur, attended the meeting as well. Rogers said they’ve even taught the same student before, purely by coincidence.
Rogers said it was her mother who suggested she pursue speech therapy when she was in college. Rogers said she already had a knack for working with kids, and speech therapy was a natural fit for her.
“My key focuses are articulation, expression and reception, language skills and fluency,” Rogers said. “Speech therapy is used in hospitals, schools, rehabilitation, just about anywhere.”
Rogers, who grew up in Sulphur and Davis, said she has high hopes for ACS’ future.
“I think Ardmore is up and coming,” Rogers said. “We have serious people in serious positions, and I’m proud of this place.”