Kiowa County Educator, Tim Rogers.
Subject you teach: Band 5-12
School: Kiowa County Grade School/High School, Haviland Grade School
Hometown: Victorville, CA
Education: BME University of Redlands, 2000
Family: Wife, Heather and Son, James
Interests and hobbies: I enjoy playing and performing music and try to spend time practicing every day. I also enjoy reading, especially science-fiction novels. Most of my time outside of work is spent taking care of my family.
Why you decided to become an educator?
I always enjoyed playing and performing and being a music teacher seemed like a great way to share that with others while continuing to play. The thrill of a good performance after weeks of hard work is like nothing else and I hope my students experience that as I do. I also think music is an important human pursuit; it teaches so many things – self-expression, perseverance, patience, creativity – that are important even for non-musicians.
Who is a teacher or professor who inspired you and how?
Ralph Ewell was my High School band director, and his passion and drive inspired me a great deal. He was the most frightening, crazy, hilarious, and caring man I’ve ever met. Later I was inspired by Charles Richard and Kevin Mayse at Riverside Community College. They had a much more reserved style, but their knowledge and ability to explain difficult concepts is still fascinating to me.
Who is someone in current events who you admire and why?
I really admire the late Steve Jobs of Apple. His company’s products have drastically changed the way we live in so many ways that are still being understood. The impact of the iPod and iPhone on the music industry alone has been revolutionary, and is still ongoing.
What are the greatest challenges in education today?
I think the greatest challenge we face today is remaining relevant to our students in today’s increasingly technical society. If you have an iPhone or Droid, you are carrying in your pocket instant access to nearly all the information ever created in human history. How do we convince students that they need to study grammar or math or history or music theory or anything when they have a device in their pocket that will do it for them? Do such things even have a place in the future? I think they do, but the challenge for education is to keep up with and incorporate these new technologies.
What advice can you offer for someone who wants to go into education?
Be prepared for a challenge. This is a career that demands your best every day, and can be totally merciless. Watch good teachers and try to use what they do. Knowing your subject is not enough, you also need to know how to maintain classroom order and how to effectively get your subject across to the students.
What teaching moment is most memorable?
A few years ago I learned that a student I had started on the trumpet in the 5th grade several years ago is now a college music education major, and that I was his inspiration to do it. Not a classroom moment, but man is that a great feeling.