Teacher Spotlight: Jane Hess

Hess looks up in surprise as the group walks into the classroom
By: Samantha Seidel
 A talented teacher known for being able to tackle any situation was recently rewarded for her hard-working attitude.

Pulling off a Teacher Spotlight award can be tricky, but the administration at Douse Elementary School, along with Killeen ISD Human Resources and the Education Foundation worked together to make sure everything went off without a hitch.
Telling teacher Jane Hess that she was needed in another classroom to help out with testing, was nothing new, so she didn’t think anything of it.
Monitoring the class, Hess turned to see a large group of people walk into the room, looking directly at her. Hess shakes a human resources team member's hand, as she accepts her award.
Smiling shyly, she stood up as she realized the group was coming to see her.
Principal Stephanie Ford walked up to Hess to explain why she had been chosen to be the Elementary Teacher Spotlight for the Month.
“She is one of our very special teachers,” she began. “Recently, we have had to shuffle her around to different classes, but she has never once complained.
“She always goes the extra mile for everyone and is always ready to step up when needed. We just wanted to show her how much we appreciate her here.”
Receiving her certificate, Hess explained that initially she had never thought about becoming an educator.
“I didn’t want to be a teacher,” she said, “but I volunteered a lot with kids while I was in college and that ultimately helped me decided to change my major.”
Not only did Hess find her passion with teaching, but she is also carrying on a family tradition.
“I married into a family of teachers, so this feels like the career for me,” she said, “and I feel like Douse is the perfect place where I can make a difference.”
While sometimes it can be challenging to reach and meet every one of her student’s needs, Hess loves being able to witness those light-bulb moments for her students.
“I love being able to teach them to be respectful of one another,” Hess said. “I want them to learn to be team players.
Hess looks at her certificate. “It is definitely a skill that they will need for the rest of their lives, since you don’t always get to choose who you work with.”
Hess thanked her administration for always encouraging and challenging her as an educator.
“I really want to thank the school, they are always so supportive. It has been amazing being able to work here.”