Margaret Rogers Named District's Third Mission Essential Recognition Honoree

Dr. Margaret Rogers, the district’s long-time physical therapist, is the third recipient of the Lakeland Central School District’s Mission Essential Recognition Award.

Board President Denise Kness and Superintendent Dr. George Stone presented Dr. Rogers with the award in a surprise ceremony held today, April 10, at Van Cortlandtville Elementary School. Recipients are given a specially developed pin and certificate. All winners will be recognized at the year-end Board of Education meeting in June.

Anyone who knows or works with Margaret knows that she can be found on the move, running from building to building, as she carries out her duties as a physical therapist for students throughout the district.

“It is a privilege for me to nominate Margaret Rogers; she truly exemplifies all that is good in the world and demonstrates the BEST of Lakeland Central School District,” wrote her colleague Jennifer Kalbfell in nominating her.

“Margaret shows respect to all. She is caring and respectful of her students’ needs, making herself available to students when they need her assistance. She does not create a schedule that works for her, she always puts the needs of her students first,” said Kalbfell. “Margaret is one of the kindest people I know. She extends this kindness to both students and staff of the district. When students reach goals, she is their biggest cheerleader.  She is so exuberant and makes students feel like they have won a gold medal.” And her efforts extend to the students’ families and staff.

“Margaret has a strong sense of accountability and she strives to help students meet their PT goals in order that these students will be able to fully access their education, community and home,” added Kalbfell.

Her work extends beyond the school day and has included running an after school fitness program for  middle school and high students and  creating an after-school yoga program at the middle school and George Washington ES . In return, she only asks for a donation which is then given to a charitable cause within the district.

The goal of the Mission Essential Recognition Program, which began in January 2019, is to identify and recognize employees who, in their contributions and service to the District, exemplify the district’s Mission, Core Beliefs and Vision. These individuals are “Mission Essential.”

“We recognize and appreciate that the Lakeland Central School District is rich with talented and dedicated employees. EVERY staff member has an important role, responsibility and stake in the safety, security and success of our students.”

Any district staff member, student and community member can nominate District employees for consideration using the on-line form. A committee of district stakeholders will meet monthly to consider all nominations and select that month’s honoree.  Anyone not selected is reconsidered in the next review.

The nomination form can be found at: