School: Yukon Middle School
School District: Yukon Public Schools
City, State: Yukon, OK
Music that Describes Janis
Janis Jordahl was nominated by her colleague of five years, Clayton Canon.
"My first year at Yukon Middle School was overwhelming; I went from a building with 600 students to one with triple that number," said Canon. "Janis is the type of person who is able to see individuals in the numbers, and she took me under her wing and help me make it that first year. She acts like this, not only towards her colleagues, but towards all of the students at our school."
As a special education paraprofessional, Ms. Jordahl's responsibilities are vast. In some classes, she is present to help students who may need text read to them. During other periods, she is there to assist students who struggle with anxiety. In every case, she is a safe adult and friendly face for all students, particularly those who have been put in her charge.
Ms. Jordahl goes out of her way to enhance and improve the culture of her school. Every morning, she shouts "Morning Mr. C" as she scurries to her next assignment. This is the same demeanor she employs with every student and staff member in her building. For years, she has volunteered to help students with homework after school, monitor students in the gym as they anticipate the start of the day, and spend her lunch-time with students who desire an environment more peaceful than a busy cafeteria. Ms. Jordahl sacrifices her own resources to make sure students have a bite to eat throughout the day. She is often the first person in the building and one of the last people out.
"Janis is an invaluable member of our team and proof that the role of paraprofessional is so necessary," said Canon. "Yukon Middle School values Mrs. Jordahl, and we know that we could never make it without her!"