By Leanndra W. Padgett
Johnathan Rogers may be a fifth year senior, but he’s no slacker. In fact, he walked in last May’s graduation because he already had over 180 credits. In the end, he will leave Georgetown with two degrees, a bachelor’s of music education and bachelor’s of arts in mathematics. He will be certified to teach music to students from kindergarten to 12th grade and math to students from fifth grade to high school.
Through student teaching this semester, Johnathan found, to his surprise, that he most enjoys teaching middle school math. His second favorite group is high school band. After graduating, he hopes to find a job teaching middle school math in central Kentucky. He will also be getting married in August to Kristin Horn, a 2012 GC grad who he met during his freshman year.
Johnathan has been active on campus, especially in the music department. He was the second vice president for Delta Omicron, the school’s international music fraternity and has served as president of GC’s National Association for Music Education (NAfME). He has played clarinet in the Tiger Band for four years and has also helped out in the orchestra for school operas. Johnathan has played clarinet since he was in sixth grade and will have a senior recital in January. He especially enjoys performing rhapsodies and contemporary music. Appreciating a variety of genres like a true music major, he listens to everything from hip-hop to country to classical.
The Owen County native is from the small town of Corinth. He is an Independent and lived on campus for four years.
Johnathan worked in campus mail for three years and also tutored for college algebra and music theory classes. Music Theory with Dr. Burnette was his favorite class at GC.
Johnathan chose to attend Georgetown because of the “small classroom size, individualized instruction, the overall friendly atmosphere and the excellent professors.” He laughingly adds that he “didn’t come here for the dorm rooms!” Some favorite memories of his time as an undergraduate include “late night runs to Hong’s, definitely.” He also remembers “spending numerous hours in the music building and Asher — whether it was practicing or hanging out.” Something else that he will take away from his experience are his “great advisers and professors.” Such mentors and educators have made his college career valuable.
Johnathan encourages underclassmen “to take risks and get out of their comfort zones” as well as to “meet new people.” Johnathan has certainly done so, and his contributions to the music, math and education departments, as well as to campus in general, will be sorely missed. He will be an asset to the school system, however, as he is passionate about educating and genuinely cares about students. While his graduation is GC’s loss, it is some Kentucky school’s gain.