Apr 30 2003

SHELBY APPLAUDS NATIONAL TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Dr. Elizabeth “Betsy” Rogers of Leeds, AL Recieves Award from President Bush

At the White House today, U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) joined President George W. Bush in presenting Dr. Elizabeth “Betsy” Rogers of Leeds, AL with the prestigious National Teacher of the Year award.

Dr. Rogers, the first Alabamian to receive this award, has been teaching since 1985. She began as a first grade teacher, where she saw poverty, abuse, and neglect which increased her understanding of the needs of her students. She believes that all children deserve a quality education regardless of neighborhood, background, or income level.

Sen. Shelby said, “Congratulations to Dr. Rogers on this tremendous accomplishment. This is an honor for her as an educator and for the state of Alabama. She is most deserving of this award for her dedication to her students and her community, and we are certainly fortunate to have her as a teacher in our state. Year after year, Dr. Rogers has gone above and beyond the call of duty to help her students reach their potential.”

Dr. Rogers was one of four finalists from teachers in Georgia, North Carolina, and North Dakota. The selection committee, a group of representatives from the 15 leading national education organizations, choose the national recipient from the winners of the State Teachers of the Year. As the National Teacher of the Year, Rogers will begin speaking nationally and internationally on education.