Biography and History
Brief Biography of Roland E. Rogers
Roland Rogers was born in Bar Harbor, Maine, September 15, 1919. He received his formal education in Jonesport, Maine. After high school he attended Washington State Normal School in nearby Machias, Maine and earned his teaching certificate.
His first teaching job was in a two- room school in Cherryfield, ME. As the male teacher, he was the disciplinarian or principal. During Second World War, he served in the Army Air Corps Intelligence and met and married Elmira Kaenzig of Cologne. In 1951, Roland Rogers and his family moved to New Jersey. He became the principal of Cologne School and taught seventh & eighth grades.
Galloway School District did not have a superintendent when Roland Rogers taught at Cologne. As the principal of the Cologne School, he had to attend Board of Education meetings. Eventually, Roland Rogers became the first Superintendent of Galloway Township Schools in either 1956 or 1957. Roland Rogers and Mrs. Rogers both retired from the Galloway School District in 1977.
In December, 1989, The Galloway Board of Education voted to construct two new schools. The building constructed adjacent to Reeds Road was named after Roland E. Rogers in recognition of 26 years of dedicated service to the students of Galloway Township.
In the Fall of 1991, the Roland Rogers’ Staff was housed at the Reeds Road school until they were able to move into their new building. During the Teacher’s Convention weekend, Roland’s first principal, Ms. Michele Lerman, assistant principal Mr. Brian Conley, and the Roland Rogers’ staff packed up their school supplies and headed across the parking lot to the new Roland E. Rogers Elementary School!
Since then, the school’s enrollment has increased along with the number of staff. Many of the original members have retired but those who remain are joined together with Roland’s current staff and are dedicated to providing the highest quality of education to students of Galloway Township.
Current Roland Rogers’ Administration
Dr. Robin L. Moore, Principal (2006 – current)
Ms. Mai Gruber, Assistant Principal (Feb., 2014 – current)
Ms. Michelle Lerman (1991 – Dec., 2004)
Dr. Don Gross (Jan., 2005 – Aug., 2006)
Past Assistant Principals
Brian Conley (1991 – ’93-94)
Susan Spears (1994 – ’00-01)
Linda Thomas (2001 – ’04-05)
Ellen Ward (2005 – Aug., 2006)
Melisa Giacomo (2006 – Dec., ‘08)
Mr. Michael Silvestri (Jan., 2009 –Feb., 2014)