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Edna Rogers, Tennessee State Teacher of the Year 1989

Advocacy


Edna Rogers, Tennessee State Teacher of  the Year 1989

I believe that the role of a teacher includes advocating for students and for the profession.  To that end, I have a significant portion of my practice, and now my time out of the P12 classroom, to advocating for both children and educators.

Through my work with the National Teachers Hall of Fame, I help to identify and recognize exemplary teachers who make an outstanding contribution to the greater field of education.  As a Board member, I helped to set the direction of the organization and to determine qualifications for recognition.

My work with the Dollywood Foundation has allowed me to continue to recognize excellent teachers while serving students.  Biannually, I help to organize a set of service projects in which both students and teachers engage that benefit children.  These service projects have extended across state lines and national borders.

The annual NNSTOY Chasing Rainbows Award allows us to recognize a teacher who has succeeded in spite of great difficulties in impacting the lives of students.

I no longer have my own classroom,  but can continue my professional  practice.


Edna devoted almost forty years of her professional life to teaching our youngest students, at the pre-school and elementary levels.  She is a highly recognized educator, having earned a Presidential Math and Science Award, is an inductee into the National Teachers Hall of Fame, and was awarded a Governor’s Outstanding Citizen Award among others.

She has spent her life giving back to the profession she loves.  Edna has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Teachers Hall of Fame and of the Dollywood Foundation, and as a keynote speaker at various Kappa Delta Pi and and Delta Kappa Gamma events.



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