Dale Rogers: ‘I hope I can give kids a better perspective of the world’
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MORLEY — After 26 years of teaching at Morley Stanwood Community Schools, Dale Rogers is moving on to become Morley Stanwood Middle School’s new principal and athletic director.
“I’m pretty excited about it. It’ll be a good change,” Rogers said.
Having been at the school district for the entirety of his career, Rogers said he has enjoyed the chance to form connections with each of his students over the years.
Teaching a variety of classes and grades throughout his time at MSCS, Rogers said his favorite class he taught was leadership, which allowed students at various grade levels to come together and get to know one another.
“We got so close in that class,” he said. “It just helped kids feel comfortable and made it easier for them to transition.”
Rogers said that while making the move to administration, he doubts he will be able to make as many connections with students as he had in the past, but hopes to use his experience to help MSMS teachers make connections within their own classrooms.
“I’ve done 26 years of making connections with kids,” he said. “Some people who go into administration after three or four years never get those deep connections.”
However, Rogers said he did not always want to go into teaching.
“Like many young people, I just didn’t know my path,” he said.
Growing up in Muskegon, Rogers went to Central Michigan University for two years before deciding to pursue a business degree at Coastal Carolina University.
It was there that he attended an education class, which sparked his joy of teaching.
“I don’t know why that was part of the program,” he said. “I guess it was just divine intervention.”
Shortly after that, Rogers headed back to Michigan and got his teaching degree from Western Michigan University, and was soon offered a teaching position at MSMS.
“I just fell in love with the staff and the culture and community,” Rogers said about his early years in Morley.
While education is one of Rogers’ biggest passions, he said he also enjoys traveling and has been able to take students on trips all over the world.
Some of his favorite places so far have been London, Italy and Australia, though he hopes to take students on more trips in the future.
While traveling abroad, Rogers and his wife also have housed 10 foreign exchange students over the years, and enjoy catching up with them whenever they can.
Rogers said he hopes his trips abroad and having foreign exchange students in his house give his students — and his own kids — an idea of what other parts of the world are like.
“I hope I can give kids a better perspective of the world,” he said.