Q&A with Janey Ott, Retiring Special Education Teacher


Anna Earl

Retiring special education teacher, Janey Ott

Special Education teacher Janey Ott will be retiring at the end of the 2022-2023 school year. We interviewed her about what her time at PHS was like.

Q: What did you teach?

A: Special Ed English.

Q: How long did you teach at PHS?

A: Since 2008.

Q: Why did you decide to become a teacher?

A: My mother was a teacher, and I just was interested in doing it.

Q: Do you have a favorite memory at the school?

A: Oh, I have lots but I probably shouldn’t tell you. Probably my favorite memory is when I taught summer school, kids that graduated from summer school… watching them get a diploma. 

Q: What is something you’re going to miss?

A: I’m going to miss my lunch duty kids. I’m going to miss a lot.

Q: Do you have a plan for after retirement?

A: I’ll probably substitute, and read, and play pickleball, and walk the dogs.

Q: Describe your career in one word.

A: Fabulous

Q: What advice would you give to students?

A: Strive to do the best you can and don’t quit.

Q: What is something your students would be surprised to know about you?

A: I was an insurance agent for 12 years.

Q: Were you a PHS alumni?

Yes (graduated in 1978)

Q: What were you like as a student?

A: I’m very unathletic but I was in the girl’s athletic association, and Thespians, and I was in French Club.