Don Janzen, Meridian Middle School Shop Teacher
Why I Am a Member of the Association
I just believe that a collective voice has much more of an impact on policy decisions than an individual voice. The long term health of our profession depends on teachers being involved in educational policy decisions.
Twenty-five year veteran teacher, all in Meridian (Lake Hazel Ele., Andrus Ele, Eagle MS & Meridian MS)
Grew up in Nampa
Married 23 years to Jane, a nurse, whom he met on a volleyball court.
Two African American boys, Romero (19) and William (21)
Hesston Jr. College in Hesston, Kansas.
Graduated from Goshen Mennonite School in Indiana, a nationally-recognized Christian liberal arts college known for leadership in intercultural and international education, sustainability and social justice.
Spent a semester in Belize in an Indian Village where “…I learned how little it takes to be happy in a thatched roof hut.”
Major Influence – His Father Archie
Archie Janzen was an early pioneer of the Idaho Education Association as a teacher at Longfellow in Boise.
“I leaned activism from my father.”
- Simplicity in living
- Acceptance of people.
- Stewardship of the land.
- Avoiding overconsumption
Wish for West Ada Teachers – More Awareness of the Importance of Elections to Their Profession
“I made calls urging teachers to vote on behalf of the IEA for Republican Steve Smylie in the 2006 primary election when he was running against Tom Luna. There was a significant difference in the positive reaction of Boise teachers to my calls contrasted with Meridian teachers. Some Meridian teachers asked, ‘What election?’ That was deeply disappointing to me. Luna won that election. If Smylie had won, we would not have had the Luna Laws.”