Title: Retired Special Education Teacher, Aquatic Personal Trainer
Company: West Jefferson Fitness Center
Location: Marrero, Louisiana, United States
Janelle Perez, Retired Special Education Teacher and Aquatic Personal Trainer at the West Jefferson Fitness Center, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in special education and educational administration.
Inspired by her teachers, as well as the story of Helen Keller, Dr. Perez dedicated her life to changing the lives of others. She prepared for her career at the University of New Orleans, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1978 and an MEd in 1980. She concluded her academic pursuits in 1998, graduating with an EdD, and holds numerous educational certifications, including in noncategorical preschool education, elementary education and as a special school principal. Dr. Perez has contributed to various institutions over the course of her career. She garnered experience as an administrative assistant, IEP facilitator and teacher at the St. Charles Parish Public School System in Luling, Louisiana, and as a teacher, special school principal and preschool specialist for the Jefferson Parish School System in Harvey, Louisiana. Previously, she held the position of an assistant director at Kindercare.
In addition to her primary pursuits, Dr. Perez has worked as a consultant in her field and contributed myriad articles to professional journals. She is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children, Alpha Delta Kappa, Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Delta Kappa and Alpha Xi Delta, and has been recognized for her excellence with multiple recognitions and honors. In 1994, she received both an Excellence in Teaching Award from Chamber and Cox as well as a Special Education Undergraduate Award from the Department of Special Education. In 2002, she was presented with a teacher of the year award. Currently, Dr. Perez is retired from her educational pursuits and works as an aquatic personal trainer at the West Jefferson Fitness Center in Marrero, Louisiana. As a testament to her success, experience and stature, she has been featured in the third and seventh editions of Who’s Who in American Education, as well as the 25th edition of Who’s Who of American Women.
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