Janna Brown, a music teacher at Oviatt Elementary in Norwalk, combined her passions for childcare and music into a career.
"I have been a teacher for 16 years," Brown told the Norwalk Times. "Seven years in Atlantic, Iowa, teaching [kindergarten through fourth grade] music, and this is my ninth year in Norwalk. I always knew I liked working with kids, as I babysat frequently as a younger person, and worked for a summer day care program all through college."
Brown's favorite past-times are listening to music and playing the clarinet and piano. These passions led her to teaching music.
Though she is qualified to teach all grades in general music, vocals or band, Brown fine-tuned her specialization to the age group she enjoys the most.
"My real passion is working with younger children in a general music setting," Brown said. "I enjoy building relationships with my students and my favorite experience is seeing their face light up when they master a skill or concept."
Brown said she is reminded every day of why she went into education.
"I don't have one specific moment that solidified my desire to become a teacher, but I really have a heart for kids," Brown said. "I feel so blessed to be able to come to work everyday. Teaching is more than a job to me -- it's a calling."
All teachers juggle several responsibilities in a work day. For Brown, the biggest struggle is the limited time she has with students.
"My biggest challenge is finding the time to fit in all of the wonderful dances, activities and songs to go with each skill and concept taught," Brown said. "Ideally, I wish I could see all my students more frequently, but I am grateful for time I do see them each week!"