Faculty Focus – Mrs. Janice Lourdon
Mrs. Janice Lourdon has a passion for working with children that was ignited when she served in church as a teen. “It has always seemed natural to be a teacher,” the 4th grade teacher at Shalom Christian Academy said. “Both my grandmother and aunt were teachers.”
Mrs. Lourdon began working at Shalom as a substitute 5th grade teacher in 2002, then joined the faculty full time teaching 4th grade in August of that year. “The students are my motivation—I want them to love school,” she said. “I love to improve my lessons and find new ways to make it fun and interesting for my students.” Fourth grade is the first year students use textbooks instead of workbooks, utilize a planner, and write a research paper. “I see much growth in paying attention to directions and details by the end of the year.”
The mission of Shalom Christian Academy to prepare students for a life of consequence in the world for the kingdom of God is important to Mrs. Lourdon. “Shalom provides students with an exceptional education, and I have seen that to be true. I am proud of the fact that we serve and worship God. We teach our students about God and the importance of having a personal relationship with Him,” she said.
Building relationships with parents and children is the best part of teaching for Mrs. Lourdon. “Parents choose to send their children here because they have the same mission as Shalom,” she said. “Students and parents care about what happens here and are involved in the school.”
Mrs. Lourdon lives in Blue Ridge Summit with her husband Dana – they are proud parents of two children and just celebrated the birth of their first grandchild. When they are not spending time with their new granddaughter, they enjoy biking, canoeing, and kayaking. The Lourdon’s attend Life House Church at the Leitersburg Cinema location in Hagerstown.