Janet W., proud resident of The Woodlands, has been a part of the Kensington Park family for 9 years this month. Wow! We are so grateful for her loving presence all these years and are pleased to share her life’s story.
Born in 1934 in Cleveland, OH, Janet was the oldest of three children, with one sister and one brother. She attended Case Western Reserve University and while studying there, she made the important decision to be a visiting student at Morgan State University – a historically black college in Baltimore. Janet felt deeply passionate about immersing herself fully in this rich cultural and academic experience and it was there she met the love of her life, Lester. The two married in 1955.
Janet graduated from Case Western Reserve with a Bachelor’s in Art History then went onto earn a certification in primary school teaching. Lester became an officer in the Army so the couple moved around of ten due to his various assignments. They lived in Illinois, Michigan and even Germany for three years. While there, Janet put her teaching skills to good use by becoming a classroom teacher to American children from fellow military families. She and Lester had the opportunity to travel across Europe during their time in Germany. Janet recalls Switzerland as one of the most beautiful spots she’s ever visited.
The couple raised two lovely daughters, Leslie and Lynn. Both took after their mother’s career path and are now teachers themselves. Janet has three grandchildren: Brandon, Alexandra and Nicholas, whom are all college graduates now. She always says how proud she is of them!
Janet is a dedicated member of our community, always engaged in activities and has built strong bonds with both residents and team members. You can almost always find her in the sun room for current events or the bistro for daily happy hour. Not to mention, Janet has been very involved in our Intergenerational Program with Silver Creek Middle School since day one. As a former teacher, of course, she loves to spend time with these wonderful students who visit weekly during the school year. She’s also been over to the classroom to visit them as well. She’s formed some lovely connections with this new generation!
Janet represents the best our KP family has to offer: warmth, hospitality and a wealth of wisdom and kindness. Cheers to you, Janet! Thank you for being a part of our family.