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Salute to Dr. Janet Hilderbrand

Her time here has been short, but it has been declared “sweet”.

She came here from the United Arab Emirates, after serving four years as a principal there. She thought she would get to retire here, but it didn’t work out that way.

She had been helping out at a Girl Scout Camp when the call came to help rebuild the school program.

Her husband Tony had just had surgery, so they packed up and came with her two grandsons - Jeramiah and Samuel.

She is quite proud of what she has accomplished. Increased rigor at school, took the CMAS test for the first time (school opted out previously), studied a lot of data that would be used to meet the needs of student, set up good behavior control, and worked to bring community spirit to the school.

Small towns are not new to Dr. J. She was raised in Ketchum, OK, population 300. Community spirit was taught there, and it has been part of her ever since.

What’s next for her?

She is going back to a Girl Scout camp for the summer, and has an interview for a directorship.

Her nomination form said “Your presence at the Seventh Street Elementary School has left a lasting impact on students and facility.

You brought and shared an expertise that will impact the school district for years to come. There is not enough kind words to express our appreciation and you will not be forgotten.”

Her message to parents as she leaves, “Put your child first, meet their needs.”

We wish you success in your future endeavor.


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