About Mrs. Rogers
- I was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan where I lived for 9 years. These are some
things I do after living in Michigan.
I point to my right hand to show people where I am from.
- I drank ‘pop’. (But, since moving to Alaska, I now drink ‘soda’)
When traveling to another state I couldn’t get used to throwing my pop cans
away. (I used to pick up the cans on the side of the road for extra money as
a kid. $.10 a can.)
- Cheer on the Lions, even though I know they are going to lose. (My favorite
team is the Chicago Bears. They don’t win either.)
- When I was in third grade we moved to Alaska. My dad worked on the Alaska
Pipeline. I grew up in Kenai, then I went to college at the University of Alaska
Anchorage where I earned my teaching degree. While there, I taught grades 1-3.
The following are ways one can recognize my Alaskan roots.
- Name their children after landforms, tree species or snow machine parts.
(My dog’s name is Denali.)
- Know what Bunny Boots are and have a pair.
- Go to school in the dark and go home in the dark.
- Have a legitimate excuse for being late to school when a moose is in their
- STILL have to go to school even if 4 feet of snow fell the night before.
- Sleep through an earthquake like nothing ever happened.
- After living in Alaska from 22 years, I moved to Georgia to be with my husband
who got stationed in Valdosta, Ga. There I taught 3 rd grade for 3 years. The
following are some ways I figured I was no longer living in the North.
They think people who complain about the heat in their state are sissies. ( I
was a sissy. I hate the heat.)
- Stores don’t have bags or shopping carts; they have sacks and buggies.
Y’ALL is a word.
When a single snowflake falls, the entire state shuts down, even if it
- You are 100% Georgian if you have ever had this conversation:
“You wanna Coke?”
(I actually heard this conversation a lot)
- After 22 years in the Air Force, my husband to retired. We moved to Indiana
where his family is from. When we moved here, I decided to get my masters in
special education. I graduated from Indiana State University. I was proud to be
a “Tree”. Prior to coming to Fuqua as the Behavior Interventionist, I was a special
education teacher at Terre Town and Farrington Grove elementary schools.
Things I tell my friends back home about living in Indiana:
- People around these parts, prefer to end their sentences with a preposition
(who needs proper grammar anyway?) This is something I have recently been
catching myself doing. (UGH)
- Getting stuck waiting for a train is a good reason for being late to school or
work. (I didn’t realize railroaded was a word until I moved here.)
- The idea of a really great tenderloin is when the meat is twice as big as the
bun and accompanied only by ketchup and a dill pickle slice.
- I have stopped moving from the couch when the storm warnings sound
- I’ve had to switch from “heat” to “A/C” in the same day.