Hannah Kennelly – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The newest edition to the LRHS staff is not new at all. Previously retired physics teacher Janet Kunka has returned to LRHS to take over for the remainder of the school year. This is the second time Kunka has come back to LRHS after retiring in 2014. She returned temporarily two years ago.
Mustangs Ahead (MA): How long have you been teaching?
Janet Kunka (JK): I have been teaching since 1979 to 2014, with an additional half year in 2016.
MA: What do you like most about teaching?
JK: I like the fact that it’s not the same thing over and over, there’s always something to learn.
MA: What are you looking most forward to this year?
JK: I’m looking forward to working with members of a great department and interacting with my students.
MA: Why did you decide to return to LRHS?
JK: I decided to return to LRHS because members of my department have been so supportive over the years, this is my way of saying thank you!
MA: If you hadn’t become a teacher, what would you most likely be doing instead?
JK: I would most likely be working in Environmental Health.
MA: How has LRHS changed over the years?
JK: LRHS has introduced new technology, it is little more challenging to adjust to.
MA: What is it like coming back in the middle of the year rather than the beginning?
JK: Lewis Carrol once quoted, “The faster I go the be-hinder I get”. I like to think of this often when thinking of my current situation.
MA: Does going away and coming back give you any advantages or insight on teaching?
JK: Without my “tried and true” resources to fall back on, I am having to learn new techniques to provide opportunities for my students. Consequently, I am challenging myself which is wonderful.