An Interview with Ms Rogers:

Lucy Daly and Sara Nieto Abad

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Where to start! I am originally from the United States, Atlanta – my entire family is there. I lived in several different places in the US, and I lived in Bahrain in the Middle East for five years and taught there, and that’s where I met my husband who is British. I have been kind of all-over, but my roots are in Atlanta, and that’s where all my family still is. Also, I have a two-year-old daughter!

 

  1. What made you pursue teaching?

I didn’t actually want to be a teacher; my parents were in education, and they both started off as teachers, and then were head teachers and did policy for education; my sister’s a teacher, too. We sat around the dinner table, and I remember always talking about teaching, so I wanted to do anything but that! I wanted to be a veterinarian, and I studied biology at university, and after failing organic chemistry (the first class I ever failed), I re-evaluated what I wanted to do. I studied international affairs, and when I got into looking for jobs after graduating, I couldn’t quite pin down what I wanted to do. I went back to get a master’s in teaching as a fall-back option and found that I really liked it! Now it’s been 14 or 15 years of teaching.

 

  1. What are your extracurricular interests and passions outside of teaching?

I like being really active – I just ran a half marathon two weeks ago – my husband and I really like doing exercise, and with gyms closed, we decided to challenge ourselves to run, so over this last lockdown I did a lot of running. I also really enjoy yoga, and I did teacher qualification for yoga several years ago in India – I have never taught it since then, but I really enjoy it. I really like reading and I read lots and lots of books. Now with a daughter I have less time for those things, but I think either exercising or reading are my favourite activities.

 

  1. What made you want to come and teach here at Marymount?

I have had several different jobs in different schools since coming to the UK, and one of those was an all-girls school, which I didn’t think I would like and I was a bit hesitant going into it, but I absolutely loved it! It is such a unique situation for the students, and I feel like in this sort of setting, the girls are very vocal and able to express themselves. I also love the small setting with the opportunity to get to know a lot of students. I interviewed in lockdown last year, so I didn’t get to see the school, so it had to go on what I thought it might be, and I was very pleasantly surprised. I visited in the summer, and the campus was a huge selling point, too!

 

  1. If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?

I would say organised, thoughtful, and outgoing.

 

  1. Do you have a favourite book/movie/TV show? If so, what are they?

 

My favourite movie is ‘Fools rush in,’ and I really love rom coms. I don’t think I could pick a favourite book, but one that has really stuck with me is ‘A Gentleman in Moscow,’ by Amor Towles. When people ask for suggestions, I always say that one because I really enjoyed it.

 

  1. Who is your favourite historical figure?

I have always been super fascinated by American Government, and the history with the Founding Fathers, so I would say the Founding Fathers and the people who wrote the constitution.  For good or bad, I find the whole thing really interesting. I’ve seen ‘Hamilton’ and I loved that aspect of it, and I find that whole period really fascinating.

 

  1. If you could live in any era, which era would you choose?

I think now. When I was growing up, I always wanted to live in the Wild West, because I rode horses, and I really wanted to live in a time when people rode horses. But now that I realise how things work, I like all the conveniences we have now, and I don’t think I could’ve lived without convenience stores or medical care. So, I think recent past, maybe the 80s, and being an adult during that time.

 

  1. If you could have any superpower, which superpower would you choose?

I think to be able to teleport, because my family lives in Atlanta, I don’t want to have to take a 9-hour flight to be able to see them. I also hate having to drive 30 minutes to school, so teleportation.

 

  1. If you were in a stranded island, which two teachers would you like to take with you?

Maybe someone who is handy and knows how to build a fire. I think I would take Ms Openshaw because she’s so positive and kind, and she would be a good person to have around. Perhaps Mr Dickinson, the head gardener, because he would be very resourceful and know which plants are poisonous.

 

  1. If you were granted three wishes, what would you wish for?

Right now, I would wish for COVID to be done, because I really want to see my family, and I think that would be a good one for everyone. Maybe not having to worry about money, and to not be concerned about bills. Lastly, I would wish for no wars, and for people to live in safe and comfortable environments.

 

  1. What advice would you give a young historian?

I think this goes for anybody who is interested in something: don’t let other people sway you from your interests. If you enjoy something, don’t let people’s comments sway you from the things you’re passionate about, and pursue your interests.