She spent years as a classroom and home-school teacher, and now Sena Rogers is overseeing the academic and spiritual training of young minds at the Kodiak Christian School. Rogers is the school’s new principal, replacing Katherine Baquero who resigned last year.
Rogers’ husband, Daniel Rogers, is the chief executive officer at the U.S. Coast Guard Support Center. The couple and their children moved to Kodiak in 2017.
The Rogers met while Daniel was attending the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.
At the time, Sena was working at Connecticut College in her first job.
Rogers says she likes the “small town“ atmosphere of Kodiak. She grew up in Jamestown, New York, which had small towns around it.
Kodiak “is where we had hoped to be,” said Rogers. “We had just done city after city and needed a breath of fresh air,” she said.
The Rogers have lived in North Carolina, New Orleans, Miami, the D.C. area and Boston, where they had lived just prior to coming to Kodiak.
Rogers said she and her husband really enjoyed the D.C. area, which is “polar opposite from Kodiak.”
“When you talk to Coasties, you’ll hear D.C. talked about in almost the same way you have people talk about (Kodiak), in the sense of people have made a decision ahead of time that they’ll either love it or hate it. Both have polar opposite things to offer, but they offer a lot,” she said.
Rogers said that her entrance into administrative education was linked to her involvement with home-schooling. She spent about 13 years classroom teaching and a lot of years home-schooling.
“If you home-school, you should do it well or not do it at all,” she said.
While the Rogers were in Miami, Sena started home-school teaching with a group of friends in a preschool co-op.
That experience evolved into teaching in Classical Conversations, a Christian classical home-school program that’s centered around small classical home-school communities learning together.
The program is “very academic,” said Rogers, who became director of a Classical Conversations campus in Annandale,Virginia, just outside of D.C.
“That campus was about the size of KCS and the same age range,” said Rogers.
The Rogers lived in the area five and a half years.
“We owned a house just outside of D.C. We really enjoyed it,” she said.
Several of the people who taught under Rogers were lawyers who had worked on Capitol Hill.
“They chose … a different kind of education,” she said.
Rogers eventually became a trainer for the Classical Conversations program. Now her sights are set on the Kodiak Christian School, which provided online classes last year due to the COVID pandemic.
The school resumed onsite education Sept. 2.
“We are doing well so far,” said Rogers. “We have a lot of protocols in place,” such as providing two entrances to the school.
Students in grades three and below are using the main entrance, while students in grades five through eight use the end-of-the-hall entrance.That way, the two groups don’t interact, said Rogers.
“Each of our classrooms have their own little bubbles,” she said. “It’s working well … the way we hoped it would.”
Rogers loves the motto of KCS: Excellence in education with eternity in mind.
“The goal for my time as principal is continually to move the school in that direction … while teaching our kids through a biblical worldview,” said Rogers.
“I firmly believe that all subjects that we teach are interwoven. Because I come from a very classical background in teaching. I love to see English and history, art, music and math all mingled together. When you put that through the lens of a biblical worldview, you see God at the center of that and the author of those subjects. He’s the glue between (those aspects of education) and I think that’s a neat concept.
“I’d love to teach our kids to look outward toward Kodiak. If we’re teaching (students) what it means to be a Christian, that means loving God is also loving others.”
And that love inspires students to serve in the community, noted Rogers.