NEWS: Jaekle Retiring After 27-Year Teaching Career
By Mike Dattilo – Staff Reporter
After 20 years at Jonathan Law and 27 years as a teacher, Mrs. Jaekle will retire at the end of the year.
Jaekle said she always knew she wanted to be a teacher.
“When I was five I started playing school with my grandfather, so I’ve always wanted to be a teacher,” Jaekle said.
Throughout her career, Jaekle has been known to go the extra mile to help students succeed.
“Mrs. Jaekle is a great teacher,” senior Evan Karlsen said. “She is always willing to stay after to work with you.”
During her time at Law, Jaekle has taught Physical Science, Human Anatomy, and Environmental Science.
“I loved Physical Science,” Jaekle said. “It was so much fun teaching electricity and magnetism.”
Jaekle said she will also miss all of her colleagues at Law, specifically the members of the science department.
“The science department has such dedicated teachers who have a love of science and a love of the students,” Jaekle said. “We are always trying to do are best to make a love of science for the kids.”
Jaekle has really enjoyed both the staff and students during her time at Law. In addition to teaching science at Law, she has also served as the Keyettes advisor.
“She has a passion for learning, and will certainly be missed,” science teacher Mrs. Bouchard said. “In addition to her contribution to our department, she was also a dedicated adviser to the Keyettes Club.”
Keyettes is a community service club open to girl in all grades. The club has coordinated blood drives and organized entertainment events.
“My favorite thing [about Keyettes] had been the Mr. JLHS pageant, though unfortunately we hadn’t been able to run it the last couple of years,” Jaekle said.
Besides running the Mr. JLHS pageant as Keyettes advisor, Mrs. Jaekle also enjoyed running a school-wide talent show.
“About four years ago at the talent show Maren [Sanchez] was in it and it was the first time in public she sang ‘Home,'” Jaekle said. “That will be a memory.”
Many staff members have high regard for Jaekle, including principal Mr. Thompson.
“Thank you for your years of dedicating your time and talents for the betterment of all students, thank you for making a difference,” Thompson said.
Science teacher Mr. Koorejian agreed with Thompson’s sentiments.
“Mrs Jaekle has been a loyal supporter of Jonathan Law, the students, and the faculty for over 15 years and her dedication will be missed,” Koorejian said.
During her retirement, Jaekle plans to spend time with her grandkids and to volunteer.
“I am going to miss being here, but I won’t miss getting up at 5:30 a.m.,” Jaekle said.