Being the Difference – Jill Schany
by Mrs. Amanda Schmidt
The Emmetsburg Community School District is on a mission to improve our culture and climate within our staff and our students. Each month we will be selecting an E-Hawk Staff Member of the Month. This person is selected based on recommendations given to the superintendent on why they are “Being the Difference” for the Emmetsburg Community School District.
November’s Staff Member of the Month is Jill Schany. Mrs. Schany is an English and Extended Learning teacher, the Advanced Placement Coordinator, the Aerie advisor, and the National Honor Society Advisor at Emmetsburg High School.
Mr. Mike Embrock, High School Principal, describes Mrs. Schany in the following way, “Jill has stepped up to help in many ways. She was willing to take on the National Honor Society, coordinate our AP classes and students, take on our new ExL position, step up to take on the Yearbook as we transitioned some of our English classes and staff, and her willingness to take on a growth mindset to become a better teacher. She was also was willing to help coordinate our Junior class jersey auction fundraiser since we did not have a Prom Adviser hired yet. Jill is always at school events taking pictures for the Yearbook, sharing with others to put onto the school website, and just in general supporting our EHS students in their school experience. Jill is very dedicated to our students and school district.”
Each Staff Member of the Month is asked to fill out a questionnaire so we are able to get to know them better. Please see Mrs. Schany’s responses below:
Hometown: I was born and raised in Emmetsburg, IA. After being married, we moved several times for my husband’s job and we were excited when offered the opportunity to return to Emmetsburg.
Advice to other staff on how to “Be the Difference”: We’re all in this together! Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try something new and challenging.
3 Words to describe Emmetsburg Schools: Proud, Strong, and Compassionate
What is the most challenging part of your job? The most challenging part of my job is choosing curricular materials for courses. I love to read and find there are so many great pieces out there that are relevant and timely for the courses I teach.
What is the most unusual or interesting job you’ve had? I sold telephone book advertising for Illinois Consolidated Telephone Company for two years. I would call businesses in Texas and try to sell yellow page ads. I found out pretty quickly that sales was not my forte.
Who would you like to be for a day? If I could be someone else for a day, I would choose to be Professor Minerva McGonagall, transfiguration teacher at Hogwarts.
What is an ability you wish you had? I wish I were a better public speaker; I admire people who stand up in front of a group of peers and are able to speak thoughtfully and eloquently.
Name a fun fact about yourself: I like to binge watch television series instead of watching them as they come out; I just finished Stranger Things on Netflix last week.
Congratulations to Mrs. Jill Schany on being November’s E-Hawk Staff Member of the Month!