Lindsey Rogers ('01) | Theatre Education
Associate Theatre Director,
Cooper High School in Abilene
The academic atmosphere Lindsey Rogers experienced at ACU has found its way into her own classroom and on the stage at Cooper High School in Abilene, where she is associate theatre director.
We are in need of teachers in this world who will truly invest in their students’ success. You have to really care about your students, as well as really love your subject. If you start with that foundation, you can easily build from there.
“Building a strong relationship with my students is very important to my classroom management and my students’ success,” Lindsey says. “In order to think and communicate creatively, they must feel comfortable and respected. I absolutely was treated that way in my classes at ACU.
“Also, as a teacher, you need to keep your ideas fresh and stay enthusiastic about your subject content,” she says. “This was also something I saw with my teachers at ACU. I still communicate with many of my professors, and their passion for their students and subject continues to inspire me.”
After graduating in 2001 with a BFA in theatre, Lindsey began her search for a job. Both of her parents were educators, and she had some experience with children herself, working at a children’s home. “I knew I loved to work with kids, and I loved the theatre,” Lindsey says. “Teaching theatre seemed like the perfect combination of both my passions.”
She started out teaching theatre and special education classes at a middle school in Cedar Hill, Texas. After five years there, she moved back to Abilene take the position at Cooper High, where she teaches theatre classes, and works with student productions, including the UIL one-act play.
“There are so many things I love about this job,” Lindsey says. “When my students perform and everything comes together, I feel so proud of the journey we’ve taken together. When they discover something new about themselves or others, what they are capable of doing, or connect to new ideas, I am reminded of how fortunate I am to be a teacher.”
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