At a time of life when many are retiring from the teaching profession, Janell is just beginning. After the birth of her third child, she finished her degree in elementary education at BYU, using the knowledge she had gained to raise eight children. She cared for her father-in-law until his death in 2004 and then returned to school. Now, after certifying in Oregon, she is teaching kindergarten.
She has been blessed with volunteer mentors—retired teachers—who have reduced that steep first-year learning curve. She enjoys sharing the wonder of discovery and bonding with each child. Her goals are to help her students enjoy school and develop social skills. Each day is an adventure as she celebrates this new season.