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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

New teachers share enthusiasm about Catholic schools

by Mitch Finley, Inland Register staff

(From the Sept. 13, 2007 edition of the Inland Register)

Two of the new teachers in the Catholic schools of the diocese echo their confreres when they speak of their dedication and enthusiasm for teaching and, specifically, for teaching in Catholic schools.

Kristen Janowiak (right) is the new teacher for first and second grades at Guardian Angel-St. Boniface Catholic School in Colton. T.J. Romano is the new seventh and eighth grades teacher at Spokane’s Assumption Catholic School.

Janowiak says that she looks forward to having “about eight students” in her combined first and second grades classroom. A native of Wind Lake, Wis. – near Milwaukee – she and her husband recently moved to Moscow, Idaho, from Bainbridge, Ind., where she taught first and then second grades for four years.

Janowiak received a B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Idaho, and recently her husband accepted a position at the university, which was the reason for their move to Moscow. “I’ll commute to Colton,” she says, “which is only about 20-25 minutes’ drive.”

Janowiak says that she looks forward to teaching at Guardian Angel-St. Boniface. “With such a small class, I’m really excited about reaching each student. This is the first year when I honestly feel like I can reach every one of the kids’ needs. That closeness, that’s going to be really exciting.”

T. J. Romano (left) recently moved to Spokane from San Jose, Calif., where he is a product himself of Catholic elementary and secondary schools, and where he graduated from a Catholic university, Santa Clara, with a B.A. in history He later earned his teaching credential there, also. “For six years I taught seventh grade Language Arts, Literature, and Religion at St. Simon’s School in Los Altos,” Romano says, “which is right north of San Jose.”

The new seventh and eighth grades teacher explains that his wife’s family is from Spokane, and her employer transferred her to Spokane. “So that’s why we’re here now,” he says. “I’m hoping for an easy transition to a new school. We both really like it here.”

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