January Teacher of the Month: Mrs. Janet Schug

BROOKLAND, AR (KAIT)- Janet Schug has been a kindergarten teacher at BrooklandElementary School for 38 years and has decided to retire at the end of theschool year.

"I know thatGod has another job for me and so when he reveals it to me I am going to startsomething new," Schug said.

In her lastyear of teaching, Mrs. Janet Schug stresses to her students the importance offamily.

"We have justtried to bond as a family so that everyone works with everybody else," she said. "I call themmy kids because they spend more time with me than they do their own parents."

She also wants them to understand the importance of being kind to others.

"I tried to teach them the right way to act,the right way to treat somebody else to be concerned and to have human feelingsfor everybody," Schug said. "That we are all in this together no matter what color we are, nomatter what religion we are."

She saidshe took some teaching classes in college and knew it was her calling.

"They're likelittle seeds and I try to plant them and get them going off to a good start sothey next year they just keep growing," Schug said."

She said she feels she is a better teacher than when she started.

"I just tryto meet everyone's needs where they start and go as far as they can," Schug said.

She said she feels she became a better teacher when she became a mother.

"Alsolearned that every child is individual and they are a special gift that Godgave that parent and me for that year," Schug said.

And eventhough she will be moving on at the end of the year she knows she has more todo.

"It's timefor me to move on,God's got something else for me to do," Schug said. "If there are hard years, we can make itthrough it and good ones come after that too. But I think I am learned morefrom my hard years than from my good years."

Schug grewup in Paragould and attended Arkansas State University. She is married with two kids.

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