Last item for navigation
CTE Teacher of the Year
CTE Teacher of the Year
Posted on 02/25/2020
Learn more about CTE Teacher of the Year

Janet Jepsen from Rogers High School is this year’s CTE Teacher of the Year.

She is described as a teacher who embodies the qualities and traits of exceptional educators who serve students with passion and who work tirelessly to make sure that each and every student receives exactly what they need to be confident, ready for the workforce, and to be a contributing member of society. 

She was honored at the Puyallup School Board meeting on February 18, 2020.

“We have selected our Career and Technical Education Teacher of the Year based not only for her exceptional service to students in her teaching assignment at Rogers High School, but in recognition of her dedicated support of students at Emerald Ridge and Puyallup High schools as well,” says Dr. Maija Thiel, director of instructional leadership.

Her career with the district began in the fall 2014 as a Registered Nurse at Rogers High School. Three years ago, she transitioned from her role as a school nurse to a CTE teacher at Rogers High School. At that time, the nursing assistant program was announced, and Rogers Principal Jason Smith asked her if she would teach it.

“Janet is a wonderful teacher to have on our CTE team! We are better because of Janet’s example as an educator.  She is very deserving of this award, but even more deserving of our gratitude for her service to our students and our community,” says Thiel.

In addition to the CTE Nursing Assistance Program instructor at Rogers, she teaches a class in anatomy & physiology. “My employment with Clover Park started as a direct result of PSD's nursing assistant program.  Per Washington state nursing commission requirements, I must be employed as college faculty in order to teach that program,” says Jepsen.

“As a teacher, I want my students to understand they are worthy of kindness, of love and success. My goal is to daily create an environment where students feel they matter and are cared for and loved. They are worthy of giving their best effort. ‘You are worthy’ and ‘choose joy’ are class mottos,” says Jepsen.  

Jepsen graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). In her spare time, Jepsen enjoys spending time with her husband and three children who are in grades 5, 7, and 9.

 “We ask a lot from the students in the nursing assistant program.  It requires an adult level of maturity, and the ability to truly put the needs of another above your own.  Helping students grow in their ability to serve others with kindness, dignity and respect is my favorite part.”
CTE Nursing Assistance Program instructor Janet Jepsen

Nancy French