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Saturday, October 24, 1998

Name: Jean Jack
Age: 47
Position: Teacher at Our Savior Lutheran School
Education: Concordia University in River Forest, Ill.
Pastimes: Collecting Longaberger baskets

Launching lifelong learners

Jean Jack feels she's making a difference teaching.

"To me, teaching first grade is where we make lifelong learners," said Jack, a teacher at Our Savior Lutheran School in Aiea. "If students have a good experience in first grade, then they will enjoy all the rest of their school career."

Jack would know. She's been teaching different grades for the past 20 years, including preschool in Ann Arbor, Mich., first grade in a small city outside Fort Wayne, Ind., and sixth grade in San Diego and Pacific Beach. Jack has spent the past six years at Our Savior Lutheran.

"The best thing about teaching here the longest is that I have seen students mature and grow," she said. "To me, that is the neatest thing, to see how these young people have developed."

Principal Mary Wehmiller said Jack always goes the extra mile for all her students.

"She goes out of her way to provide for their needs," Wehmiller said.

Student council adviser and faculty member on the school's physical education curriculum committee, "Jean is an outstanding teacher who supports our church and school program," she said.

In January, Jack and her family will move to Jacksonville, N.C., where her military husband will be stationed. It's her students she'll miss the most.

"It's been really neat to watch them grow up," Jack said.

Shirley Iida, Star-Bulletin

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