Frankfort High teacher wins Carl Perkins award

Tina Rodgers, Frankfort High School’s Community Work Transition Program Employment Specialist, was notified of the selection last Friday that she won the Carl Perkins Award. (Photo submitted)

A Frankfort High School teacher was awarded the 2019 Carl Perkins Contributor to Special Education award, sponsored by the Kentucky Council for Exceptional Children.

Tina Rodgers, FHS’ Community Work Transition Program employment specialist, was notified of the selection Friday. The Carl Perkins award is given to individuals who have distinguished leadership and service for children with exceptionalities, according to KYCEC’s website.

“I had no idea about this and was so surprised, touched, to say the least,” Rodgers said in an email to her colleagues.

Rodgers later said that she was “humbled and shocked by such an honor.” She was not aware that her colleagues had nominated her and was touched when she found out they took the time to fill out the application for nomination. She said that FHS is a “wonderful environment” for its students and staff and that she feels fortunate to be a part of its team.

Jenny Miller-Horn, KYCEC’s awards chair, told Rodgers that she had been selected for her “genuine heart, driven to help students of all backgrounds down a path towards success.” Miller-Horn said Rodgers’ colleagues discussed her rapport with students and ability to build positive relationships with them on a foundation of honesty and respect in her nomination application.

FHS special education teacher Sabrina Mouser wrote in a letter with the application that Rodgers joined the school’s staff in the 2017-18 school year as a substitute teacher while Mouser was on maternity leave. Mouser said Rodgers made it her mission to motivate students each daily, “gaining small, immediate wins.”

“In thinking about Tina, I would describe her as the epiphany of an educator with a genuine heart driven to help students of all backgrounds down a path towards success,” Mouser said.

Rodgers will be recognized for her achievement at the Kentucky Exceptional Children’s fall conference in Louisville in November.

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