Wisconsin native Jane Johann, is a retired Reading Specialist and Language Arts Teacher. Jane received her undergraduate degree from Marquette University, where she earned a B.A., majoring in English Literature and a minor in Secondary Education (1974). She attained her M.A. as a Specialist in the Acquisition of Language and Reading Instruction, K-12, graduate of Cardinal Stritch University (1994).
From 1975-1978 Jane taught in Kiriku, Kenya, East Africa at Kiriko Harambee School with the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa. This was followed with teaching in Catholic Elementary Schools in Milwaukee, in a residential treatment center at Milwaukee Psychiatric Hospital, and 26 years in the Pewaukee School District.
Over a five year period, Jane was fortunate to have seen a bit of the world–Canada, England, Europe and Africa! These experiences have been a blessing, enriching her life with a deeper understanding of humanity and how we are all ONE and each of us is needed to bless the other and receive blessings in return. All of us need to honor each other and Mother Earth!
On a personal note, Jane says:
“I was baptized a Catholic and raised by my Mom, Agnes, and my Dad, Marvin, who both had a strong work ethic and deep faith. They brought into the world eleven children…with 10 siblings, I experienced much LIFE in my growing-up years!
I appreciate how prayer and a sense of the sacred has formed me as I am today. I find the person of Jesus and his Beatitudes sustaining and supportive to my life. As of this last year, I have added Buddhist meditation to my way of being. I have read from Thich Nhat Hahn, a Buddhist monk who resides in Plum Community in southern France. His writing has brought me much peace. Spirituality is important to me, not religiosity. I find seeking the light, love and truth within ourselves is paramount to receiving the light, the truth and the love in others. Only in first accepting our worth, we will then be open to accepting the worth of others. Only in first loving and caring for ourselves, will we better equipped to love and care for others. I try to keep in mind the words of Kahlil Gibran, “It is not that God lives in us, rather we live in the heart of God!” Understanding that we all are part of each other, hopefully, we will create a better world.
I have found that words have influenced much of my life…words can create…words can destroy. I hope that I may write words that will express my deepest emotions and feelings, while at the same time, give hope and meaning to life for others.
I have three daughters, five grandchildren, and live in the countryside, outside of Palmyra, Wisconsin, USA.”