I am Walter T. Rogers and life-long resident of Mansura, Louisiana in the parish of Avoyelles. In 1964 I graduated from Mary Bethune High School. That summer I was drafted into the United States Army where I served honorably for two years. After basic training, I was placed on orders to deploy to the Republic of Viet Nam with the 499th Medical Detachment, but the Department of the Army changed its mind and this unit was deactivated. I was then reassigned to the 48th Medical Battalion at Fort Hood where I was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant E-5.
Upon discharge in 1967, I enrolled at Southern University in Baton Rouge and 3 ½ years later I was awarded the Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education with a major in English. My first teaching job was at Morgan City High School; at the end of that school year I found employment in my home parish of Avoyelles. Six years into my professional career – with a Master’s Degree in “Administration and Supervision” – I became the assistant principal as well as English teacher. At the tender age of 38, I applied for and was promoted to the central office position of “Supervisor of Federal Programs” by the Avoyelles Parish School Board.
As a member of (LASAFAP) Louisiana Association of School Administrators of Federally Assisted Program, I served as: 1. Parliamentarian; 2. Secretary; 3. Vice-President; and at the time of my retirement with 34 years vested in TRSL; and 4. PRESIDENT.
In 2003, I joined the Avoyelles Retired Teachers Association. When I walked into the meeting that first day, two of my previous superintendents said to me, “We are going to nominate you to be ARTA President.” My reply to them was, “I’m not even a member yet and you want ME to be President?” “YOU can do it, just accept the nomination, they said….almost in unison. I walked out of that meeting as President of ARTA. I served – unopposed – for 10 consecutive years. The recently revised LRTA and ARTA By-Laws placed term-limits on officers and that was my way out of that position.
Overlapping my tenure as local president, I became 2nd Vice-President of LRTA District VII under Mr. James Stewart; and upon his death, I became 1st Vice President under Mr. Benjamin Sandifer. At the last District VII meeting, I was elected LRTA District VII PRESIDENT…..a position that I’ve been honored and blessed to serve.
I am married to Bernadette Greenhouse Rogers and we are the parents of 4 children (2 girls and 2 boys): Jennifer Rogers-Nicholas; Lona Rogers-Winnegan; Derrick J. Rogers; and, Jessie A. Rogers. They have given us 8 grandchildren – 4 boys and 4 girls. “Are we already in HEAVEN?”