Rogers to take helm of principal position

Next school year, Shawn Rogers will step up as the new principal of Kemmerer Junior Senior High School.

Rogers has been the principal of Kemmerer Elementary School for five years. He was the activities director at the high school for six years, and served as the school district’s transportation director for 11 years. Rogers has also been a coach for the Rangers in track and football.

He will take over the high school principal job from Orlen Zempel, who will retire at the end of this school year.

“I’m excited to return to working with high school kids full time,” Rogers said. “It’s an opportunity for me to grow and expand my knowledge.”

Kemmerer Junior Senior High School serves about 250 students in grades 7–12.

When asked what he will miss about working with elementary-age children, Rogers said, “all the hugs and high fives.”

“I’ll miss these kids’ energy, and I’ll miss my staff, because they’re incredible,” Rogers said.

Rogers said he has “some big shoes to fill” in the principal position,  and that Kemmerer High School has done an excellent job teaching students and preparing them for life after school.

“We’re shaping children for the future,” Rogers said. “We as educators play a big role in the impact that this generation will have as adults.

“For high school students, it’s part of our job to make sure they’re overall well-rounded people,” Rogers continued. “We want them to be good citizens and have school spirit,  and to value the town they live in and want to make it better.”

Rogers admitted he has an advantage coming into the new job, having already served as a principal in Lincoln County School District No. 1.

“I already know the system, the people, the culture and the dynamics,” Rogers said of the transition. 

Rogers said he enjoys working in a small school district.

“My family and I love Kemmerer,” Rogers said. “We’ve lived here for 16 years. It’s a great place to work and raise kids.”

He said the size of Kemmerer allows for educators to really connect with their students and the community.

“We have a lot of offerings for such a small town and school,” Rogers said. “You get to really know people on a personal level. You build relationships with students and their families, whereas in a bigger district you might just be a face in the crowd.”