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LRHS’s Janet Tipton helps a student

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Intensive reading and personal, school, and career development teacher Janet Tipton is finishing her first year here at the Ranch.

Tipton taught in Lafayette, Indiana for 28 years before retiring and moving to Florida.

She started substitute teaching in Sarasota County but realized she did not receive the same joy being a substitute as she did being a full-time teacher.

Due to a lack of substitute jobs, she decided to come out of retirement once the pandemic began.

“I knew if I had a regular teaching job, I could still be teaching remotely and with more flexibility,” said Tipton.

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This was her first year teaching high school students and has predominantly taught middle school, elementary, kindergarten, and college in the past.

“Life is shorter than you think; enjoy every moment, and You are never too old to try something new.  In fact, that’s what keeps you young!” said Tipton.

She has also given swimming lessons to kids of all ages, was a cub scout den mother, and directed children and youth choir at her church.

Despite her love for the warm Florida weather, she misses her family back in Indiana.

“It is hard being away from all of them in Indiana, but we try to zoom once or twice a week and plan on visiting each other soon.” Said Mrs. Tipton.

Nonetheless, she is excited to continue her teaching career at the Ranch.