Christine Rog's first back-to-school ritual took place in her kitchen, where the construction of a ham sandwich heralded the start of a new year and new challenges ahead.
Upon arriving at her new school, Stevenson Elementary, Rog marked another first: The inaugural steps onto a Burbank campus to become a part of the school system.
The last time she did this, she was a student — growing up through Roosevelt Elementary, then Luther Burbank Middle School, and eventually graduating from Burroughs High. This time, she arrives to her own classroom, a speech-therapy bungalow that will be absent of students for another week.
That gives her time to set up shop, get to know former teachers of hers who are now colleagues and prepare for a new career in education.
Of the 29 new teachers in Burbank Unified School District this year, Rog is the only one who grew up in the 15,266-student district. Since graduating college five years ago, Rog has worked in private practice speech therapy in Encino.