THOMAS CO., GA (WALB) - A Thomas County teacher is being recognized this week as one of the top-ranked teachers in the state.
Nancy Rogers was named a finalist for the Georgia Teacher of the Year award.
Being ranked at the top of Georgia teachers is nothing new for Nancy Rogers.
She was Thomas County School District's Teacher of the Year in 2010 and 2017 and was a finalist in 2012 for state Teacher of the Year. But each time receiving this honor is special for her.
Rogers teaches eighth and ninth-grade English language arts to gifted students at Thomas County Middle School.
Rogers said she remembers the teachers who made an impact on her life, so she strives to be that for every child that walks through her classroom door.
This week is milestone test week. Rogers said she has done her job if students are better people when they leave her class at the end of the school year.
She grew up in Sale City in Mitchell County and earned an undergraduate degree in English and a master's in secondary English at Valdosta State University.
Making an impact on southwest Georgia means a lot to her.
"I just truly believe that my talent for teaching is God-given. I believe that what I do is my calling, this isn't a career choice. I made it a calling. I gave up a lucrative job for teaching and I've never regretted it," said Rogers.
The Georgia Teacher of the Year will be announced May 19 in Decatur. Rogers will attend the banquet where the winner will be revealed.
If Rogers wins Georgia Teacher of the Year status, she will travel the state as an advocate for Georgia teachers during the 2018-19 school year.