Janet and I worked closely together as ESOL teachers from 2005 to present. She was an extremely curious, bright teacher, and dedicated to her students. We were political allies and shared many conversations about our hopes and concerns for our country. I always enjoyed seeing what kind of jewelry Janet would have on that day...as she really found such joy in her purchases. She told me once that even if she was having a rough day or not feeling great, putting on a piece of jewelry made her feel better! What I truly admire most about Janet is her strength during her illness, and her strength as a mother and teacher. Only on a couple of occasions, did she semi-break down about a report from a doctor. Truly, I will always remember Janet for this stoicism, and will hope to practice it in my own life. I wish, for her sake, that she could be here with her sons and grandchildren longer, because I know she would want that, but her contributions will be everlasting. I will miss her, but the people who will miss her more, are her students. May she rest in peace as she truly made the world a better place.
In the movie, "I Never Sang For My Father," there is an interesting quote. "Death ends a life but it doesn't end a relationship, which continues on in the survivors mind........"
We had so much fun together. There were day trips, lunches, jewelry shows, and many evening conversations. Often she talked about her students and her plans to help various individuals with their special needs. She was a dedicated and caring mother, grandmother,friend and teacher. I will alway remember so many good times and her wonderful warm smile. My prayers are with her family at this time.
I am sorry to hear of Janet's passing. We worked closely together, as ESL teachers, since 2005. She was dedicated to her students for every single moment of those years, and they, in turn, held their teacher in high esteem. I will miss her, and our conversations, not only about students, but about her sons , grandchildren, the stock market, and other world affairs. The education field has truly lost a most dedicated teacher, and Janet deserves the most dedicated teacher award!
Sending my thoughts of love to the family and friends. May the joyous memories bring you peace during this difficult time. May you also draw consolation and strength from the God of all comfort (2 Cor. 1:3)