Saint Andrew School
Kindergarten

My name is Janice Heath Koberstein.  Most people call me Jan (or Mrs. Koberstein 😉)

I have lived in Murphysboro for 34 years. Prior to that I lived in Dallas, Texas. However, “Back Home Again in Indiana” is where I grew up.

I attended the University of Evansville (Indiana) and received a B.S. in Education with endorsements in Kindergarten and Nursery School in 1981. Once we planted our roots in Murphysboro, I attended Southern Illinois University and received my Masters in Education with an endorsement in Reading and Language Arts in 1988.

Along with my husband Mike (of 35 years), I have four amazing children. Jerad and his wife, Alex, live in Houston, TX with their 2 boys (Levi and Isaiah) and 1 dog (Koko). Heath and his wife, Kelly (also known as Mrs. Koberstein at MHS), live in Murphysboro with their son, Emmett and daughter, Olive. Nick (Nicholas in grade school) now known as Mr. Koberstein teaches high school Math, and lives in Raleigh, NC with his cat, Simon. Emily (known as Emily) is a HR Manager at an AMC Theatre in Fort Collins, Colorado with her new kitten, name yet to be determined.

I enjoy being creative (painting, drawing, making crafty things that drive my husband crazy), hiking, traveling, and being with friends and family.

I began my teaching experience in Dallas where I was a Title 1 teacher for the Kindergarten classes. I worked mainly with Spanish speaking students in reading and math. Upon moving to Illinois, I was a Home Visit Teacher for the Head Start Agency. I was an aide for First Grade here at Saint Andrew School. I worked in the Infant/Toddler room at the Admiral Child Development Center and served as Director before I became a substitute teacher and a homebound tutor for a student and subbed in the Murphysboro School District. In addition to this I was a PSR teacher beginning in 1983 – 2008 where I taught students from 3 years of age, Kindergarten age, and Confirmation classes.

I began teaching full-time in Kindergarten at Saint Andrew in 1993. I have a passion for teaching these young minds, hearts and souls not only academics, but also to come to know and love Jesus Christ. As a teacher, I never stop learning myself. Since I began teaching Kindergarten the curriculum has changed tremendously over the years. I embrace the challenge this brings and pray that I can continue to meet the needs of the students whose parents have entrusted me to guide and teach.

I believe that each child is a unique child of God. Therefore, my philosophy is that as the saying goes, “each child in my room is someone’s whole world”, but that unless worlds learn to get along with one another, they will collide. Not only is it important to reach each child at his or her level academically, physically and emotionally, but also spiritually. It is important that I guide each child to grow in all areas. I feel fortunate to be able to teach at a school where I can ask, “What would Jesus want you to do?” With the help of the staff at Saint Andrew, the parents and guardians of the students, we are raising together, Disciples of Christ.

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