Janice Avellana, NBCT

Jan Avellana was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, and has always been part fish. Perhaps because her proper form is a mermaid, she has never quite found her way in the hustle and bustle of a traditional life. ​ A wanderer at heart, Jan’s first creative inklings came through creative writing as a child. She was known to burrow herself away in snug, sunlit corners as she escaped into her world of books and writing. Much later, Jan discovered the visual arts and found her wanderlust continued as she explored different media—collage, illustration, graphic design, painting, encaustic art, and papier mache, just to name a few. Even today, she is most at home with wide open seas and vast landscapes that allow her to follow wherever her heart leads. ​ Jan is an elementary teacher by day, an artist, and a writer by night. She is always a mom to her boys Seth and Cody, her fur baby Radar, and partner-in-crime to her husband, Steve.

Coming Full Circle: My journey to achieving National Board Certification

January 12, 2024

By: Janice Avellana, NBCT – Honolulu, Hawaii I graduated in 2000 with my Master’s of Education in Teaching and began my first year as a fourth-grade teacher at a Title 1 school. After a tumultuous start, I finished out the year and got bumped out to another school. That second year was better, but I still had a nagging feeling that I had made a terrible mistake by going into teaching—I was severely depressed and cried too many times to count in school bathrooms, hallways, and in the parking lot in my friend April’s car. Having left one career for…

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