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Janie McPherson announces her retirement

June 07, 2018

This May, Janie McPherson will close up her classroom for the last time in her thirty-three year career as a teacher.


Janie began her career teaching 5th grade in Holton. Then continued her journey teaching 6th grade and Title 1 Reading in the Shawnee Heights district. Eleven years ago, she decided to come home to the Perry-Lecompton school district where she has taught K-4 Remedial Reading, Third Grade Classroom, and 2-4 Title I Reading.


Janie states, “I have been so fortunate to be a teacher. What other career lets you play kickball in high heels, wear a giant Peter Rabbit costume, race scooters in the hallways, and share the joy of learning with children?” She estimates that she has worked with over 1,000 students during her career and never ceases to be amazed at their capacity for learning. Keeping up with them can certainly be a challenge! Change can also be a challenge. When Janie began teaching, she had to know how to thread a reel to reel projector, make those nice purple ink copies, and remember to take the chalk out of her pocket before doing laundry!


Early in her career, she had mentors who guided her to focus on her love of literature, and to be active in KNEA and the Topeka Area Reading Council. Eventually, she served as President of the reading council. Janie was also honored to be a presenter for the Jones Institute in Emporia, and a nominee for the Kansas Master Teacher Award. However, Janie is most proud of the quiet accomplishments. "There is no better reward than helping a reluctant reader finally find that book that pulls him in and doesn’t let go until he has become a reader.”


Janie is married to Matt McPherson and has two sons attending Perry-Lecompton schools, Calvin, a sophomore, and Miles, an eighth grader. She also has a daughter, Mikaela, attending Fort Hays State University.


Janie hasn’t decided what she will do yet in retirement, but knows it will include more time for family, kayaking, reading, and plants. As with most teachers, I love learning, so I am excited to see what new adventures and experiences are waiting for me. I will always be a teacher…my classroom and students may just look a little different.”

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