Reese Elementary special education teacher Angie Rogan was recently chosen as Lodi Unified's Teacher of the Year, an honor she is humbled to receive.
"I share this award with the other teachers at Reese. They are an outstanding group of educators. They've raised the bar for me and encouraged me to excel in my job," she said, adding that she's "blessed" to be part of collaborative team headed by Principal Celeste Bordner that works together for students.
"(The recognition) is a very humbling thing because there are so many people out there doing great things for our students," Rogan said.
Rogan, who has been employed by the district for 30 years, is currently a resource specialist who works with students on individual educational plans which modify lessons to assist them in accessing the core curriculum.
"If I can make a difference in their lives, then it's been a great day for me," she said.
"I try to use every moment as a teaching moment, and spread those life skills I feel are important, to other people."
She also trains fellow site teachers on new strategies in dealing with special education students.
She has been at Reese since 1986, after six years with the district.
Rogan, lives in Lodi with her husband, Bill. They have two adult children, Billy and Mia.
The school's site leadership team, headed by Bordner, nominated Rogan and brought her name forward to the rest of the school staff, who unanimously agreed she should be named Teacher of the Year.
The team looked at the application criteria and knew that Rogan exceeded it all, according to Bordner.
That included her views of her teaching style, her contributions to education to both colleagues and students, professional development and community involvement, the principal added.
District nomination forms are sent out to all sites every year, and on-site leadership teams decide who will represent each school. Once a representative is chosen by his or her peers, the teacher is required to fill out an application which includes, among other things, views on education and future goals.
It is sent to the district office, and a single winner is chosen by a panel.
Rogan will officially be recognized at a May school board meeting. The district will then forward her application to San Joaquin County to compete for the county's Teacher of the Year award.
"She is a role model for teachers and a treasured member of our staff," Bordner said in an e-mail. "Besides being a fantastic teacher, Angie is very actively involved in St. Anne's Church and her family business, Van Ruiten Winery."