Strengthening families and repurposing education.
We imagine a world where children wake up inspired to go to school, feel connected in safe relationships, and return home fulfilled at the end of the day. We, as an organization, see ourselves as leading a movement to build this world, and we want as many families as possible to build this world at home. We want homes to be places of connection, inspiration, and integrity so together we can build schools that put relationships first. We know we can’t do it alone – which is why we’re looking for as many families as possible to join us. We know that together – there is great hope.
This blog post invites you to see just a part of our vision for repurposing education: Https://www.janetnewberry.com/school-life-different/
Thank you for exploring our website; I’m Janet Newberry. I’m crazy about my husband Doug, my family, and my friends; I love books, flowers, writing, learning to cook, gardening, and the Houston Astros! I have a weakness for pretty pens & paper, beautiful stationery, and bubble baths with candles – a fond memory now that we’re traveling in an Airstream!
Doug and I love road trips, long walks, and coffee in bed in the morning for about an hour before we have to really get up. We dream about traveling together; the adventure and beauty of the big world tugs at our hearts.
We believe our work with JN&C – and one day with John 15 Academy – is our destiny.
We’re having a blast!
We live within the boundaries of these core values:
- Trust God – trust attracts God’s grace!
- Embrace the beauty of submission
- Live fully alive!
These strategic anchors help keep us steady:
- Live unaffected by false traditions; be intentional about staying away from shame, blame, and fear.
- Keep it real – “If it’s not beautiful, we don’t do it.”
- Struggle well – “Life’s hard; it’s more fun doing hard together. Remember – It’s only going to get better!”
My Journey in Education
I’ve spent more than 30 years in the education arena. I have served as a teacher (grades K-12) and an administrator in both public and private schools.
I’ve had a front row seat watching children both struggle and grow – and watching how their families respond to their struggles. Family responses always have a significant impact on whether children learn to struggle well – or not.
About ten years ago, I needed to find out why some children struggled well and matured in life – and others didn’t. I read and continue to do a great deal of research. You may like to spend some time with the resources that have had a great impact on my work.
I focused my research in three areas: educational philosophy, theology, and neuroscience / communication pathology. I do not pretend to be a scientist or a theologian, but the connections between how God designed us to work and how we really do work are both inspiring and practical.
I applied my research in school settings and in my consulting practice; I saw miracles. I still do. You may be encouraged to read a few testimonials.
My work encourages students and families to live lives of connection, inspiration, and integrity —
- Connection in safe relationships offers strength and love – to support maturity.
- Inspiration guides by divine influence – and offers real power to move us in the direction of deeply satisfying lives.
- Integrity is identity; “I know who I am and can make choices based on identity and conviction – instead of emotion or opportunity.” Identity is immunity.
As a blog writer and online course consultant, my goal is to create insightful, relevant content you can use in your personal and family life. A primary goal of my work is to strengthen families.
If you are an educator – or a leader in education – I’d love to hear from you; another primary goal of my work is to repurpose education.
I completed my undergraduate degree from the University of Houston; I was still a Houston Cougar when I earned my Master’s degree in Administration and Supervision, and received my Principal’s certification.
I earned a Certificate in High Trust Leadership from TrueFace.com ministries in 2015; this was the result of some of my most humbling, submitted, and life-giving work. My relationship with TrueFace is still a major lifeline for me.
My 30+ years of experience in public and private schools includes teaching and administration. I had the privilege of serving as an assistant principal in Cypress Fairbanks ISD for eight years – and chaired more than 500 ARD meetings for children with special needs. I learned a great deal as a teacher and Principal at Amblesidefredericksburg.com . My year as Grammar School Principal at Providence Classical School provided many lessons as well.
Doug and I were married in 2012; together we have four daughters and one son. The grandchildren just keep coming… much to our delight! We live in a 27′ Airstream Flying Cloud – traveling our United States of America – rebuilding our great nation, one conversation at a time. We love to sit at the table with America.
I am inspired by the life of William Wilberforce. His life’s work ended the slave trade in England, but his life did so much more.
In his book Amazing Grace, Eric Metaxas writes:
“What Wilberforce vanquished was something even worse than slavery, something that was much more fundamental and can hardly be seen from where we stand today: he vanquished the very mind-set that made slavery acceptable and allowed it to survive and thrive for millennia. He destroyed an entire way of seeing the world, one that had held sway from the beginning of history, and he replaced it with another way of seeing the world. Included in the old way of seeing things was the idea that the evil of slavery was good. Wilberforce murdered that old way of seeing things, and so the idea that slavery was good died along with it. Even though slavery continues to exist here and there, the idea that it is good is dead (pp. xv).”
Wilberforce inspires me to work to end the slavery that is our current education system. JN&C exists to financially and ideologically support the launch of John 15 Academy. Contact me if you are interested in learning more about – or supporting – our efforts to build a bright future in education.