For Immediate Release
May 4, 2012
Martha Rogers wins Women of Achievement Lifetime Achievement Award
GUELPH, Ontario -- Martha Rogers, Director of Education for the Upper Grand School Board was honoured on Thursday, May 3, 2012 with the Guelph YM/YWCA’s Women of Achievement Lifetime Award in the Education and Training category. Lifetime Achievement Awards are presented to deserving nominees with 30 or more years of service in their category.
Dr. Rogers is the longest serving Director of Education in the province (16 years) and locally was the first woman to be a school superintendent. She has chaired the Council of English Public Directors of Education and the Council of Ontario Directors of Education and serves as a member of the Advisory Board to the Education Research Development Institute.
In 1998, Dr. Rogers oversaw the amalgamation of the Wellington and Dufferin County boards of education which resulted in the formation of the Upper Grand District School Board. She continues as the board’s Director of Education today and remains, after more than 35 years in education, firmly committed to public education and student success.
As a Guelph Rotarian for many years, she is a member of that group’s Literacy Committee. She is in demand as a presenter on the role of the supervisory officer, challenges facing teachers and school boards, education governance and labour relations. New supervisory officers and directors of education attend her ongoing workshops and courses provided through a number of Ontario educational organizations.
Dr. Rogers often refers modestly to herself as just a “grade 1 teacher” but has a background in special education and a PhD with a double Masters degree in Special Education and Statistics from the University of Toronto.
Also nominated in the Education and Training category of the YM/YWCA’s Women of Distinction Awards were Beth Burns, principal of Guelph’s College Heights Secondary School, and Sarah Garrett, an elementary school teacher currently at Waverley Drive Public School in Guelph.
For more information contact:
Maggie McFadzen, Communications Officer
519-822-4420 ext. 725
Mark Weidmark, Administrative Officer - Communications
519-822-4420 ext. 544