Mark Rogal is 2019 WCCC Project Excellence Teacher
Warren County Career Center Social Studies Instructor Mark Rogal is the 2019 Project Excellence Teacher of the Year. He has taught social studies for 15 years at the main campus, and taught Career-Based Intervention at the WCCC Lebanon satellite for four years. He has a total of 32 years of teaching, and will be retiring at the end of this school year.
“The time here has been rewarding,” he said of his teaching experience at WCCC. “I enjoy being able to teach in a career tech setting and work with students who can work on their passion half the day in their career lab, and then take academics the other half of the day. They are students who want to be here. I have taught the College Credit Plus kids, and they really push and excel every day. I have seen other kids who struggled to get through at their home schools, and they do better here because they have a half day lab they enjoy. There is great staff camaraderie, and we all work together to help kids succeed.”
Since graduating from Illinois State University with a Bachelor in Comprehensive Social Studies Education, he has always taught and coached, and he has several family members who have been teachers and coaches, including his dad and uncle. He played football and enjoys coaching high school football, and he has also coached track and softball. Rogal plans to keep coaching in retirement, “shuttle grandkids around,” and get back into a school job of some sort eventually to stay in education. He and his wife, Tina, do volunteer mission work with Back 2 Back Ministries, and he also volunteers with Athletes in Action.
“We have a great staff that goes above and beyond for our students,” he said. “I think some people underestimate our faculty. It’s the biggest misunderstanding about this building. Some of the best teachers I have been around are here at WCCC. We do a great job of caring for our students and making sure they succeed. The administrators have given us all the support we have asked for: materials, training, they have always been there.”
When asked what the award meant to him, Rogal said, “I was surprised, but it was nice. It’s a nice way to finish out this last year, to have this recognition from peers and students.”
Rogal and his wife, Tina, reside in Springboro.