Principal at Rogers Middle School
Principal Emilie Leigh
Emilie Leigh is the Principal at Will Rogers Middle School in the Lawndale School District. In this role, she is responsible for creating a schoolwide vision that is committed to creating a positive school culture where students feel safe, respected, and valued. She is passionate in creating equitable outcomes for all students where they are supported academically, socially, emotionally, and behaviorally to ensure their success.
Emilie Leigh is a Loyola Marymount University (LMU) graduate, where she received both her undergraduate degree and Masters in School Counseling. She has spent 23 years serving LESD as a teacher in both elementary and middle schools, a Middle School Language Arts Specialist, District Response to Intervention TOSA, an Interim Assistant Principal and currently Principal.
Additionally, Emilie Leigh is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Education at Loyola Marymount University.
Assistant Principal Esmeralda Rosas
Esmeralda Rosas is the Assistant Principal at Rogers. She has over 15 years of experience working in education serving as a general education teacher for 10 years in grades 3rd through 8th, as a school administrator for 5 years, and both as a Dean of Students and Assistant Principal in grades K-12th. Esmeralda was named the 2023 Educator of the Year at Aspire Pacific Academy and is a committed education advocate previously collaborating with Instituto Nacional de Lenguas Indígenas (INALI) to provide professional development to over 50 teachers of an indigenous community in Guerrero, Mexico. Esmeralda strongly believes in empowering teachers, parents, and students through shared decision-making processes and learning experiences that promote self- advocacy.
Will Rogers' mission is to prepare students to become citizen leaders of the 21st Century. Rogers expects academic excellence from every student. We enable each student to maximize their potential through an outstanding educational program. Students are engaged in critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration and communication in a standards-based curriculum. Rogers believes in project based learning with a focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Will Rogers Middle School is organized into small learning communities where every student is known, valued for their contributions, and nurtured.