Meet your teacher, Susan Janke



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Susan Janke’s family moved to Noblesville in 2008, and she joined the White River staff that year. Before that, she taught first grade for six years in Aurora, Colo. Previously, she served eight years in the Air Force as a communications officer. Janke said she likes working for Noblesville Schools because the focus is always on student learning and developing students to reach their greatest potential. “Additionally, there is a wonderful sense of community spirit between the schools and the City of Noblesville.”

Grade/school: Second grade at White River Elementary.

Why did you become a teacher? When my own children started school, I volunteered often at their school. I loved working with the children and watching as they grew each year as readers and writers. That experience inspired me to become a teacher to have that same chance to make a difference in children’s lives. Teaching is a great profession.

What are your goals for students? My goal is that my students are confident and engaged learners, challenging themselves to give their best daily. I want them to know and believe that they can be successful in whatever they do. I also want my students to be able to work together, so that each student has the chance to be both a “teacher” and a “learner” with their fellow students. I especially hope for each child to develop the habits and curiosity of a life-long learner.

What advice would you give for parents? Every child loves to read – they just might not know it yet. Help your child discover his reading interests and find ways to nurture those interests – the public library and your child’s school can be great resources.

What is something others might not know about you? Many years ago, I marched with my Air Force unit in President (Ronald) Reagan’s inauguration parade. As a history major in college, I was excited and grateful to be part of “history in the making.”