My name is Janet Cordle. I new this year but not as a teacher. I am the program coordinator for the After School Program and as well as for 4–12th-grade High Ability Learners (HAL). This school year is my 33 year in teaching.
I was born and partially raised in Pasadena, Texas. My family spent many Thanksgivings in Nebraska surrounded by extended family, playing in the snow, and enjoying Husker Football. In 1976, our family moved to Grand Island, making me a true Nebraskan.
I believe some people are born into a profession. I certainly think this about myself. If you asked one of my family members, they could supply stories of me dragging furniture and books to the garage recruiting anyone and everything as pupils. The impact of teachers during my schooling reinforced my career path.
I attended Kearney State College, which is now UNL - Kearney. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in K - 12 Special Education. Later on, I would receive my Masters of in Vocational Special Needs and graduate endorsements in K-12 Reading and K-12 Educational Media.
In 1987, I was hired at Grand Island Senior High. During my first eight years, I taught students with severe profound developmental delays. I then transferred to Walnut Middle School, where I finished my career, holding several positions there. My experiences included Special Education Reading Math and Fine Arts Communications Teacher, Media Integration Specialist, and 21st Century Digital Literacy Teacher. I retired in 2018 after 31 years.
My husband, Tro, and I moved to Lincoln, and I taught at St. Michaels Catholic School as a Computer Science Teacher. However, a year later, family duty called. My elderly parents and first grandson, Theo, called us home.
I am a Brady Bunch mom with three beautiful adult children, Perry, Levi and Madeline Schutz, and three wonderful adult stepchildren, Tyler, Jessica, and Justin Cordle. I am expecting to be a grandma again for a total of three — two grandsons arriving during Christmas break.
In my free time spending time with my family, traveling, riding our Kawaski motorcycle, reading and using technology.
In doesn’t matter what profession, the first year can be stressful. However, working with the supportive and friendly staff at Wood River has made this transition year smooth. And the students? Well, all I can say is they are fantastic! I am blessed.