The Presidential Award reflects over a decade of support, encouragement, and inspiration from students, colleagues, family, and the community. From my curious, ingenious sixth graders, I have learned that teaching is a mirror of the student/teacher relationship; it is grounded in trust and thrives when the teacher embraces learning and the learner actively teaches. Together, questions are created and answered, grit and determination are developed, and diverse experiences are embraced.

Christine Rogers Carlisle, PA | K-6, Science, 2016

The official biography below was current at the time of the award.

Christine Rogers has been an elementary educator for 13 years, teaching fifth and sixth grades. For the past 10 years, she has been a sixth grade science teacher at Wilson Middle School. Christine is passionate about growing students’ natural curiosity about the world and providing experiences for students to both ask and answer complex questions. She founded the STEAM Club to expose young learners to hands-on science and coding. She works to expand learning beyond the classroom using technology. In 2016, Christine was awarded the Teachers and Technology Grant from Century Link. She serves on her district’s Future Ready Framework Committee and Personalized Learning Subcommittee. Christine received the Distinguished Young Alumni Award from the University of Valley Forge and the Outstanding Teacher Award from Shippensburg University. She has presented at both state and national conferences. Christine earned a B.S. in elementary education from the University of Valley Forge, a M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from Penn State University, and an Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Florida. She is a certified elementary education teacher and a National Board Certified Middle Childhood Generalist.