The Administrative Team
Dr. Kecia Rogers
As a native of Durham and a product of Durham Public Schools, I have more than twenty years of experience as an effective educator working in Durham Public Schools. I earned a Bachelor’s and Master's degree in Elementary Education as well as a Master’s degree in School Administration from North Carolina Central University. In addition, I earned a Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from High Point University. I am happily married with two children. All of my experiences as a teacher, administrator, wife, and mother have prepared me for the challenging yet rewarding profession as an inspiring visionary and strong instructional leader.
One of the first things you will notice about me is that I am very much a teacher at heart and by action. First and foremost, I believe school is about students and learning. Everything we do and the decisions we make are based on our students’ needs. I love children and enjoy being in the classroom. I am a servant leader and view myself as a leader of leaders. Students, teachers, families and the community should be inspired and empowered to act within a school community. Leading with my heart, head and hands are key characteristics of my leadership style.
As an instructional leader my mission is to put students’ needs first while promoting academic excellence and closing achievement gaps. Fostering a collaborative learning community in which all stakeholders problem-solve and analyze data to meet the individual needs of every learner is my commitment. Consistent two-way communication between school, home and the community are key to our success.
My personal mantra is to Engage Students, Support Staff, Involve Parents, Accept No Excuses, & Pass it on! I look forward to our incredible journey, collaboration and partnership of continued overall excellence at Rogers-Herr Year-Round Middle School. Thank you in advance for your overwhelming show of support, input and partnership as we work together to ensure all students reach their maximum potential and continue to grow.
Dr. Tawauna Stewart, 6th Grade AP
My name is Tawauna Stewart and I am humbled and honored to introduce myself as the 6th grade Assistant Principal at Rogers-Herr Middle School. I am entering my eighteenth year in education, sixteen years as a 5th grade math and science teacher before moving into an administrative role. I have two amazingly intelligent and beautiful daughters, Jasmyn and Jaylah, who have decided to follow their mother’s footsteps in education.
The middle school years are important and critical times for students. During these years, it is what happens here that will have a permanent effect on their growth and development. My goal as Assistant Principal is not only to provide leadership to promote a secure and respectable classroom atmosphere in order for your child to receive the best possible academic instruction, but also to support your child academically, socially and emotionally. I believe in open communication and a strong home to school connection. My philosophy is that every student is equipped with an inherent value.
I received my Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University, Master in School Administration from North Carolina Central University and I am entering my second year at High Point University where I am currently working towards my Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Spending time with my family and in the gym are areas of focus for my leisure time.
I am excited about all that we will accomplish working together. Feel free to contact me at any time with any celebrations, questions or concerns you may have during this great 2019-2020 school year. My email address is Tawauna_Stewart@dpsnc.net.
Jennifer Hall, 7th Grade AP
My name is Jennifer Hall and I am the 7th grade assistant principal at Rogers-Herr Middle School. I am excited about transitioning into this position. This is my twelfth year at Rogers-Herr, and I am in my twenty-third year in public education. I have spent my career as a fifth grade teacher, Spanish teacher, and English as a Second Language teacher. I received a Bachelor’s degree from Berea College in Kentucky, a Master’s of Education from Meredith College, an Educational Specialist license in Educational Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where I am pursuing my Doctorate in Educational Leadership. The middle grades are a special time in the lives of our students. I thoroughly enjoy working with adolescents as they navigate this time in their lives. Helping each of our students to have a positive middle school experience is key to my work. Outside of work, I enjoy reading and travel, spending time with family and friends, and working with Girl Scouts. I am happily married and have two children. I look forward to working with teachers, students, and families, as we support our students in reaching their fullest potential. My door is always open. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments. I look forward to working with each of you! My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Rams ROCK!
Otis Maben, 8th Grade AP
Hello Rams! I am Otis Maben, Assistant Principal at Rogers-Herr. This is my 9th year in education and my 3rd year in school administration. I live by the quote “A teacher stands between a child and their dreams." I am a first-generation college graduate, so I understand the value of education and impact of teachers. As a result, it is my life mission to ensure that every child reaches their greatest potential. The greatest joy I receive from education are the relationships I build with students, families, and teachers. It is my pleasure to serve as the 8th grade administrator. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education at North Carolina Central University. In addition to that I received my Master’s in Education at Liberty University and a Master’s in School Administration from North Carolina State University. I believe that there is purpose in every step and all steps leading up to Rogers-Herr has prepared me to serve the RAM community.
When I am not walking the hallways of school and glued to my laptop, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. In my spare time I enjoy movies, painting, listening to music, traveling, photography and I sing leisurely.
My goal at Rogers-Herr is to be a servant leader and provide support that will lead to positive change both academically and socially. I operate on an open-door policy so please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, comments or concerns. I am excited to build and grow with each of you! My email is Otis_Maben@dpsnc.net.