Archive for Thursday, September 7, 2006

Third-grade teacher finds time’s right for change

September 7, 2006

Janet Moorehead says her family brought her to a job at Lansing Elementary School, but it's the families she teaches that will keep her there.

Moorehead, a third-grade teacher, just began her 15th year of teaching. Previously, she was a substitute teacher for one year and taught third grade for 13 years in Leavenworth, where she and her husband, Chuck, were born and raised. They've lived in Lansing for 10 years.

She said her biggest reason to change jobs this year was so she could teach at her son Mitchell's school and be closer to him. Mitchell is a second-grader.

After witnessing his educational start in the Lansing schools, Moorehead knew the time was right to change jobs.

"I saw the great things happening in Lansing, and I saw how challenged Mitchell was in the classroom, and I just got very excited about the things that were happening out here."

Moorehead said she enjoyed living and working in a small community where everyone knows each other.

"I liked that in Leavenworth I was able to teach brother and sisters and cousins and I got to know the entire family," she said. "I'm looking forward to that here as well, staying a long time and being here a long time and getting to know entire families of kids."

The educators with whom she works, the students and the parents make her job worthwhile, she said.

"Mr. (Tim) Newton, the principal, is very open to suggestions. He listens to the teachers, and he'll back them 100 percent," Moorehead said.

She credits those who taught her in the Leavenworth public schools with sparking her interest in teaching.

Today, the best part of teaching for Moorehead is realizing that children have learned a concept.

"Seeing the light bulb turn on - that's my biggest excitement," she said. "That's why I keep coming back."

Outside the classroom, Moorehead enjoys spending time with her family, which also includes son Jackson, 2 1/2.

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