Lana Lusch Rodgers is renowned as a retired elementary school educator who taught throughout Pennsylvania for more than four decades. Originally working for Honey Brook Elementary School within the Twin Valley School District in Elverson, Pennsylvania, for nearly 30 years beginning in 1964, she simultaneously taught at West Lawn United Methodist Church within the junior high department of San School between 1971 and 2012. She additionally flourished as an educator with West Lawn United Methodist Church and the Wilson School District in Reading for a short time. After retiring from the public school system in 2000, Ms. Rogers served as an English instructor at Reading Area Community College for five years.
Contributing to her local community for many years, Ms. Rodgers has proudly served as a volunteer for the Reading Soup Kitchen. She also recently became involved with the preparation of the 2019 West Lawn Wednesdays as part of West Law United Methodist Church, where she was formerly active as a minister. Ms. Rodgers further excelled as a volunteer court appointed special advocate for the Reading Court System, as well as a literary council member and a leader for the Girl Scouts of America.
Ms. Rodgers initially pursued an education at Kutztown University, earning a Bachelor of Science in elementary education in 1964, a Bachelor of Science in blind and partially sighted education in 1967, and a Master of Arts in elementary education in 1968. She is certified as a reading specialist through the aforementioned university since 1983, as well as a court-appointed special advocate. Moreover, she is affiliated with the American Association of University Women and the West Lawn Senior Citizens Club. Ms. Rodgers is a former secretary of the Twin Valley School District Teacher’s Organization as well.
The recipient of several awards, Ms. Rodgers was recognized among West Lawn Wednesday’s Supers. She further accepted a Tutor Award from Reading Area Community College. A celebrated Marquis listee, Ms. Rodgers has been cited in over a dozen editions of Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.
Ms. Rodgers is most proud of her student Danny Rattigan, who was a Jewish student with a unique relationship with her, teaching her Aramaic during recess. He went on to become like a son to her. After he grew up, he continued to keep in contact with Ms. Rodgers and invite her family gatherings and events. He went on to move to Costa Rica, and learn how to grow and harvest cocoa and make chocolate. He eventually opened a pub like venue that served chocolate and coffee products.