FSCC Names Whitney Rogers 2017 Outstanding Young Alumna

Whitney Rogers

FSCC Names Whitney Rogers 2017 Outstanding Young Alumna

Fort Scott, Kan.—Fort Scott Community College is pleased to announce Whitney Rogers has been selected as the 2017 Outstanding Young Alumna by the FSCC Alumni and Friends Board of Directors. FSCC will host a reception to honor Rogers and Timbi West, the 2017 Outstanding Alumna, at 10:30 am on Friday, May 19, in the meeting rooms of the Danny & Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center, 2108 South Horton, Fort Scott. Rogers will speak at the 9:00 am graduation ceremony on May 19.
 
Rogers is a fourth grade teacher at George Nettles Elementary School in Pittsburg, Kan. She earned her associate of science degree from FSCC in 1997. “Although many years have passed since I attended there, Fort Scott Community College still holds a very dear place in my heart,” said Rogers. “The two years I attended there were the highlight of my college career.”
 
After graduating from FSCC, Rogers enrolled at Mid America Nazarene University to pursue her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and graduated summa cum laude in 1999. Rogers earned her master’s degree and certification in English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) from Pittsburg State University in 2008.
 
After graduating with her bachelor’s degree, Rogers went on to work at Mission Trail Elementary as a fourth grade teacher. From 2001 to 2003, she worked at Lusher Elementary as a fourth grade and second grade teacher. Rogers served as a kindergarten teacher at Eugene Ware Elementary from 2003 to 2006. From 2010 to 2012, she served as an adjunct instructor at Labette Community College. Since 2012, she has taught at George Nettles Elementary.
 
From 2005 to 2009, Rogers served on the FSCC Alumni and Friends Board.  She has participated in a variety of community service projects and coordinated supply drives to support the country of Haiti after it was devastated by an earthquake. She has written and worked on grants to receive thousands of dollars for classroom supplies to benefit her students. Rogers was invited to speak at the 2016 National Science Education Association Conference about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) in the classroom. In 2016, she was one of only 32 other teachers in the U.S. selected to receive the Rural Community Trust grant to travel abroad for professional development. She traveled to Taiwan to learn how the schools teach math and science to bring that knowledge back to her classroom. She is an active member of the Pittsburg Nazarene Church, where her husband, Kyle, is the pastor. Rogers resides in Pittsburg, Kan., with her husband and three children, Noah, Grace, and Luke.