Rogers attended Lincoln Park Elementary. In fact she was in fourth grade there the year the school opened, the 1958-59 school year. More than 20 years later, her three children attended the school on Lincoln Way, just a few blocks north of Interstate 80. As if that doesn’t speak highly enough about her affinity for the local elementary school, she’s chose to make it her workplace as well, for nearly 30 years.
“It’s always been a really great school,” Rogers said. “We have great teachers and they’ve always been the best ... I remember the secretary when I was going here. Her name was Rose McKinnon. She’s still alive and lives over on Stanford Way, but she was just the best. She had a daughter my age and in the summers we used to help her. When I was kid, I wanted to be a mom with kids that went here and be the Lincoln Park secretary. That was my dream.”
Rogers is living that dream. She got involved in the school’s PTA while her children were there in the 1980s. She held every PTA office from president to treasurer and fondly remembers a project where the group raised $50,000 to put in the soccer field adjacent to the school.
She has great memories about the Lincoln Park neighborhood and a smaller version of the Rail City when she was growing up and even her own kids years later.
“Sparks was small,” she said. “You were never afraid to do anything like go to the movie. You were maybe a little afraid to get picked up curfew but I couldn’t even tell you when that was. It didn’t seem like kids got in trouble. This was a great place to grown up. Here in the (Lincoln Park) neighborhood we had block parties. It was just the best.”
Somewhere along the line Rogers, a 1967 Sparks High graduate, became a clinical aide and eventually the school’s secretary. Her ties to local schools don’t end there. Rogers was in the first class that opened Dilworth Middle School, in 1961-62. After graduating from SHS, she even attended the University of Nevada briefly before getting married to a husband in the military. The ties to the service took her and her husband to Fairfield, Calif. and Minneapolis before they opted for a return to the Truckee Meadows.
It wasn’t long before she was back at Lincoln Park Elementary. She’s been involved with the school, either as a parent volunteer or employee for the past 32 years.
“I love it here,” she said. “I’ve been here so long that there are kids who went to school here that have kids here now. The parents will stop in and say ‘you’re still here? It’s nice to see a familiar face’ ... I may not change a lot lives, but the kids will tell you, they felt they could talk to me. I’ve had parents tell me that they feel like there kids are safer here with me. That’s a pretty good compliment.”
Rogers has three children, Wally, 37, Natalina, 36, and Rodney, 34. Two of her children have ties to education as teachers.
“They say it’s because of their great ties at Lincoln Park,” Rogers quipped.
She also has four grandchildren, ages 10, five, four and three. She said spending time with her grandchildren and her two new dogs, T-bone and Junior, are the loves of her free time.
Rogers wants to retire in two years and move to the Oregon Coast, where she loves the cooler temperatures, clouds and even the rain. Until then, she’ll enjoy more time at Lincoln Park where she loves it and is loved.
“She’s amazing,” first-year Lincoln Park Principal Angela Flora said. “She knows the kids and she knows their parents, many of whom went to Lincoln Park. She has all the knowledge.
“She does little things for our staff and families. She’ll find out your favorites and know people’s birthdays. She’ll make sure they have their favorite things then. She knows that stuff about everybody who works in the school whether they’ve been here a year or 15 years. And then she has a hard time accepting things so she’ll always say thank you for thank yous. She always has a smile and welcomes families in. She is just a great ambassador for our school.”
Artie Rogers’ Favorites
Food: Prime Rib
TV Show: Family Feud
Movie: The Wizard of Oz
Music: ‘I like all kinds