The New College Foundation presented The Lula White Johnson Distinguished Teaching Award to Joan Rogers, an adjunct faculty member in the Longwood University Social Work Program at New College Institute.
“She is an amazing teacher and I look forward to her class every week,” said Shane Thomas, a student in the social work program.
Sammy Redd, Coordinator of Student Services said of Rogers, “she is exceptionally deserving…a perfect candidate for this award.”
Mrs. Rogers has taught for thirteen years in adjunct positions at New River Community College and Norfolk State University before becoming associated with Longwood University. She is also director of the Patrick County Department of Social Services.
“With her years of experience in the social work field, she has painted us a picture of what it will be like as professionals,” said student Marquita Kirby. She was further described as “patient and a good listener.”
This award which includes a one thousand-dollar cash prize and a plaque was made possible by an endowment established through the New College Foundation in 2010 in memory of Johnson who taught for several decades at Albert Harris High School and Martinsville High School. It is awarded to a faculty member selected among nominations from students and staff at the New College Institute.