Diane Wolk-Rogers

Parkland, FL Teacher

Parkland, Florida AP World History teacher who survived shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018

Diane Wolk-Rogers began teaching because she was passionate about supporting too-often neglected young people facing challenges and vulnerabilities. Early in her career, she led efforts to integrate students diagnosed with learning and emotional disabilities into mainstream classrooms throughout the country’s 6th largest school district, Broward County, Florida.

A classroom teacher for 33 years, Wolk-Rogers received recognition and awards for developing county wide curriculums and leading in-service workshops, which considered learning differences among students. In 2001, she joined the faculty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD) in Parkland, Florida. Wolk-Rogers gained national attention upon speaking publicly in support of #MarchforOurLives, a social justice movement led by her students who’d survived a mass school shooting in February of 2018.

Wolk-Rogers serves as the faculty advisor for MSD’s Gender Sexuality Alliance, and faculty sponsor of the National Students Against Gun Violence chapter. To address the problems of trauma and stress in the classroom, Wolk-Rogers continues her training with the Center for Mind-Body Medicine. She further leads self-awareness and stress-reduction groups in her community and founded the Mind Body Ambassador Program which equips students with simple and effective methods to reduce stress and help others who seek to journey through and beyond trauma.

Wolk-Rogers is a National Board-certified teacher, and holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership.