Jane Petrich

Who are you and who are your family members?

I am Ms. Jane, McDonald Administrative secretary.  My husband, Jim is an  architect and works for a firm in Pioneer Square, my oldest daughter Kate is studying for her Masters degree in International Relations at the University of San Diego, and my youngest daughter Mollee is a junior at the University of San Francisco, majoring in Environmental Science. Our cat is crazy and scared of everything, and her name is Little Bear.

How did McDonald Elementary enter your lives?

I was happily employed at John Stanford International school (which was actually Latona Elementary when I started). Last spring, after the district announced McDonald would become the newest international school, my principal Kelly Aramaki asked if I would consider moving to McDonald to help build another fabulous program. At first, I said absolutely not. I loved JSIS, and couldn't imagine leaving such a wonderful parent  community and outstanding staff. I  had however been there for 12 years, and had abundant firsthand knowledge of the incredible advantages an international education with language immersion gives to students. After much reflection, and soul searching, I realized I wanted to make the change and do what I could to make this model of education available to more children. Happily for me, the hiring committee offered me the position, and here I am.

What occupies your time?

I love to walk around different neighborhoods with a friend and look at yards. I always get so inspired by what other people do that I come home with fresh ideas (unfortunately I don't have a lot of follow through!)

What would you like our community to know about you?

That I am truly thrilled to be here at McDonald. As I mentioned above, I was very reluctant to leave my wonderful JSIS parents and staff. To my amazement, I have found the McDonald families to be equally wonderful and supportive, and the staff here are extraordinary.

What are your hopes for the future?

To travel much more, to attend a Spanish immersion school in Latin America, to buy a house on the water with a western view and, (someday),  retire there with my sweet husband.

Can you share a favorite or memorable elementary school moment from your past?

One particular memory that stands out is from the third grade. My class was in the library researching a project. I was paired with a friend, and we were supposed to be using an encyclopedia to gather information. Unfortunately, we chose to goof around instead of working, then we got silly, and I accidentally ripped a page in this very big, and very expensive book. I had to work up my courage to confess to  the librarian what I had done, and then she SENT ME TO THE PRINCIPAL'S OFFICE!!  I nearly died of shame. The upside of the whole story is that I learned a very valuable lesson. Choose to use your time wisely, and only goof around at recess!

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