Title: Elementary School Educator (Retired)
Company: Okemos Public Schools
Location: Lenexa, Kansas, United States
Janet Velicer-Geiger, Retired Elementary School Educator at Okemos Public Schools, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership.
With an unquantifiable love of learning, Ms. Velicer-Geiger was encouraged to attend college and go into teaching by her parents. She was also aided in her decision to go into this line of work by her 4-H Club, which provided her with many broadening experiences at the local, county and state levels. In this respect, Ms. Velicer-Geiger first earned a Bachelor of Science from the Iowa State University of Science and Technology in 1963. She continued at the institution to receive a Master of Science. Throughout her academic pursuits, her areas of interest were focused on food science and nutrition. She also received training in home economics and in many of her teaching roles, utilized this experience in her classrooms.
Ms. Velicer-Geiger retired in 2001, and at that time she had been teaching the fourth grade at Wardcliff Elementary School since 1995. Prior to that, she served as a fourth and fifth-grade teacher for the Gifted and Talented Alternative Program at Hiawatha Elementary School from 1994 to 1995. She taught at Wardcliff Elementary School from 1978 to 1994, and in the decade before starting that role, she leveraged her experience as a substitute teacher across the states of Pennsylvania and Michigan. Ms. Velicer-Geiger’s earliest teaching position was as a chemistry teacher at Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School. In addition to these positions, she was involved with the Michigan Education Exchange Opportunity Program with Germany and served on a number of boards for Okemos Public Schools, including holding the position of Chairman of the Wellness Committee from 1993 to 1995. Ms. Velicer-Geiger coordinated book and computer programs while at Wardcliff Elementary School.
Throughout her professional endeavors, Ms. Velicer-Geiger considers the highlight of her career to be a father speaking up about his children’s experiences in her classroom while at a school function. She also considers being actively involved with a number of committees as a highlight. Ms. Velicer-Geiger maintained professional affiliation to a number of organizations. These include the Lansing Women’s Club, the National Education Association, the National Association for Female Executives and the National Retired Teachers Association. Ms. Velicer-Geiger attributes her success to hard work, persistence and the contagious optimism and enthusiasm of her pupils. Furthermore, she credits the encouragement provided by her supportive parents as extremely important. She endeavors to continue enjoying her retirement with her husband in the coming years and reflecting on a rewarding and fruitful career.
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