Double EduGator Cari Rodriguez (B.A.E ’96 and M.Ed.’97) has known since she was five years old that education was her calling. Recently, she was recognized for her dedication to teaching and learning with the Broward County Public Schools Teacher of the Year Award.
“I just always loved school, and I just always knew I wanted to be a teacher,” she said. “There was no second choice, no backing down — that’s what I knew I wanted to do.”
Now a 22-year veteran in the field, Rodriguez has served in her current role as a literacy coach at Harbordale Elementary School for more than seven years.
“Every day is something different, and I love everything about it,” she said.
Previously a K-3 educator for more than 15 years, Rodriguez knew she wanted to become a literacy coach and utilize her knowledge and experiences to support cadres of teachers.
“I’m the everything coach,” she said… “I just make sure the teachers are teaching and the kids are learning.”