Janessa has been the Director of Student Serivices for ECSD since 2015. Prior to her administrative role in the district, she was a special educator at JC McKenna Middle School, Evansville High School and Verona Area High School. Janessa lives with her husband, Andrew, and two daughters, Sawyer (2 years old) and Lennyn (10 months).
In her free time, Janessa enjoys attending concerts, traveling, her husband’s cooking, and spending time with her family. Although Janessa lives in Madison, she has always felt at home in Evansville.
Q: How did you first hear about BASE?
A: My mom was the Human Resources Director for the Stoughton School District and worked very closely with Jen Braun in Building a Safer Stoughton (BASS). She spoke very highly of Jen and the work of BASS so I was excited and eager to join Evansville’s BASE when I became the Director of Student Services for ECSD.
Q: Why did you decide to become a coalition member?
A: BASE is an incredibly important partner to ECSD. BASE helps with the funding and organization of trainings, events, materials, and communication for our staff, students, and community. I am honored to help strengthen this partnership and do everything I can to enhance the safety of our students in our schools and community.
Q: What is your favorite thing about being involved with BASE?
A: Working with BASE to obtain meaningful data to determine the prioritization of supports so all students feel welcomed, included and a sense of belonging has been my favorite part of BASE so far.