Friend of Education Award to Jan Scharingson

Jan Scharingson, who retired 12 years ago after teaching English/language arts at East Greene Schools for 33 years, has once again been honored for her role in education.

She was presented Wednesday evening with the Iowa State Education Association’s Friend of Education Award for the Greene County Schools. ISEA president Mike Beranek made the presentation.

Jan Scharingson (center) is pictured with Iowa State Education Association president Mike Beranek and GrCo middle school teacher Samantha Telleen.

Scharingson was nominated for the award by Steve Sillyman and Samantha Telleen.

“Jan Scharingson is the epitome of a parent, grandparent, educator, and community all rolled into one. I cannot really think of an event that involves our students and staff that does not include the Jan Scharingson,” Telleen said at the awards event.

Her volunteer roles in the schools and the community include chairing the East Greene Alumni Association, serving on the boards of the Greene County Schools Foundation, the Greene County Community Foundation, Elderserve (congregate meals), Grand Junction Horizons, and Grand Junction Housing. She had led the Greene County Reads discussions for several years.

She is an active promoter of the BOOST organization, which is devoted to bringing opportunities and optimism to students and teachers in the Greene County district.

She is in demand as a substitute teacher. According to Telleen, “Jan is vital to the educational staff of our schools. She is always willing to serve our students… There are few activities that Jan does not attend in support of the students as well as the staff.”

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