f Jill Janes were a distance runner, she'd likely be one who finished with a strong “kick.” That's the attitude the superintendent of the Hannibal public school district has as she prepares to retire.
If Jill Janes were a distance runner, she'd likely be one who finished with a strong "kick." That's the attitude the superintendent of the Hannibal public school district has as she prepares to retire.
"I've got seven months to go and I've got to work hard the next seven months. I'm not going to coast," said Janes, whose retirement at the end of the 2013-14 school year was announced Friday morning by the school district.
Janes began her career as an educator teaching kindergarten in the Hannibal school district in 1976. She left the Quincy school district and rejoined the Hannibal school district in 1999 as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. Janes became the Hannibal superintendent in 2004, succeeding John Bringer.
Janes acknowledged that retiring was not a spur-of-the-moment decision.
"I've kind of been thinking about it for a while," she said.
While new buildings have been added during Janes' watch, it's the people that she points to for making the district special.
"I think the best thing about the Hannibal public schools is the people who work here," she said. "It's been a wonderful place to work, good people to work with and we couldn't do what we did if we didn't do it together."
Retirement won't mean inactivity for Janes.
"I hope to do a little teaching at the college level and to spend a lot of time with seven grandkids," she said.
Janes served as a kindergarten teacher in the Hannibal district from 1976 through 1980. From 1985 to 1993 Janes worked in the Hannibal school district's Parents As Teachers program, serving as its director from 1986 through 1993.
Janes moved to the Quincy school district in 1993, taking a position in its early childhood program. She was the head administrator of the Early Childhood and Family Center after it opened in August 1995. Janes was responsible for all early childhood programs including pre-kindergarten, early childhood special education and the head start programs with Quincy Public Schools. She served as the building administrator for all early childhood programs and was responsible for the supervision of 120 staff members.
Janes earned a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1989. Prior to that, Janes received her masters degree in early childhood education from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1985 and her bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1975.
Janes' husband, Pat, was the principal of Oakwood Elementary School in Hannibal for 11 years before retiring in 2005.