Q&A with Janey Ott, Retiring Special Education Teacher


Anna Earl

Retiring special education teacher, Janey Ott

Anna Earl, Editor

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.