Janice is more than excited to continue on the second grade team this year, and this will be her 5th year teaching second grade at HTe! She earned her B.A. in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Spanish from San Diego State University, where she went on to complete her Bilingual/Cross-Cultural Teaching Credential. After teaching for a few years, she completed her Master’s Degree in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Design from the University of California, San Diego. For her Master’s thesis, Janice did research analyzing how parent/family engagement impacted student achievement, and she wrote curriculum for several workshop series for parents in which participants wrote stories in collaboration with their children. Through this work, coupled with ongoing experiences, Janice is a firm believer in the value of the whole child, including the family that comes with them. Janice has enjoyed serving students and families in a variety of capacities throughout her educational career — as a classroom teacher, a mentor teacher, a literacy specialist/intervention teacher, a resource teacher, an academic liaison for parents/families, and as a world language teacher (Spanish as a Second Language for grades 1-2). For over 6 years prior to joining the team at HTe, Janice worked for the Children & Nature Network (C&NN), a non-profit that is dedicated to connecting children, families and communities to nature for their health and well-being, and for that of our planet. As the Director of Family Initiatives for C&NN, her work carried her to several corners of the globe where she taught and trained people from a variety of backgrounds and philosophies about the many benefits of time spent in nature, as well as how to work with children and families in fostering their connections with each other and the natural world. Still very connected to nature, you will often find Janice outside with her family, where they enjoy hiking, camping, exploring and traveling the world and creating other adventures together. Both of her sons are students down the street at High Tech High.