A former Bransford Elementary teacher was recognized for her positive impact and influence on her students by having the school’s driveway renamed in her honor.

During a celebration Nov. 8, school officials renamed the driveway Patti Rogers Way. Rogers passed away in March, according to a district news release.

What they’re saying

"Patti always had a way with everybody,” said Alecia Engle, former colleague and current Colleyville Middle School teacher. “She added joy and laughter to our team. She always wanted to build lasting memories for the students and families.”

“Mrs. Rogers was not only a light, but a joy to all her students, colleagues and community,” former student Casey Russell said. “Sheer proximity to her had a contagious ability to make you want to do better."

Diving in deeper

During the ceremony, Bransford Elementary Principal Erin Gerdes shared that after graduating from the University of Houston, Rogers entered the education field by teaching at Smithfield Elementary in North Richland Hills. She then moved to Bransford Elementary School where she taught until she retired.

“During her distinguished career, she received many recognitions, including being named the Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District Teacher of the Year,” Gerdes said.

Gerdes added that while she didn’t know Rogers personally, she heard many stories about the teacher’s lasting influence that continues to have an impact on Bransford students, staff, her friends and her family.

“With the naming of our school driveway, now known as Patti Rogers Way, we know that Patti’s memory will continue to live on in Grapevine-Colleyville ISD,” Gerdes said. “Like many of us, she went into this career for the kids. Her students and colleagues all remember her not only for her accomplishments, but for her positive impact and influence on so many children over the years.”