Jackie Viernes Rogers

  • Jackie RogersMy name is Jackie Viernes Rogers (she/her/hers) and I identify as an educator, mama, partner, scholar, friend, and the proud daughter and granddaughter of Filipino immigrants. In 2022-2023, I serve as the Long Term English Learner (LTEL) and Ethnic Studies Coordinator, and teach Advancing and Intro to Ethnic Studies at Capuchino. 

    My why for education is to create spaces where people feel a sense of belonging. Whether it is in my classroom, or in collaboration with my colleagues, I know that building a sense of community through empathy, connection, and shared stories is what we hope to accomplish as a collective. 

    After graduating from Cal Poly, I left California and spent the early parts of my adult and professional life as an AmeriCorps volunteer, graduate student, summer program administrator, and public school educator in various areas of the East Coast. I developed a greater appreciation for collaboration, service, and community, because I had the opportunity to stretch myself in a place that was vastly different from California. When I became a mama for the second time, I realized it was time to come home to the Bay and return to my roots. I started teaching history at Capuchino, and later became one of the first teachers to pilot ethnic studies for the district, facilitating the 9th grade class at Capuchino High School in the fall of 2018. 

    Ethnic studies has allowed me to center my why for education with my why for life. I am able to see myself and be myself in ways that have not always been represented in mainstream society. It has given me the confidence and passion to build, re-think, reimagine, and lead in our district, and my greater community. 

    Fun Facts: 

    • I am a 3rd generation Coastside resident and currently live in Half Moon Bay.

    • I love traveling and experiencing new places through food! 

    • My favorite music genre is 90’s R&B and I am a HUGE fan of Janet Jackson and Lauryn Hill.

    • I love french fries, charcuterie boards, and chocolate chip cookies. 

    • My family means the world to me - my immediate, extended, and chosen family.