Welcome to Kindergarten! My name is Jana McLachlan or, to students and parents, I am known as Ms. M. I have been teaching Kindergarten since the West Jordan Hawthorn campus opened. I also have the opportunity of working with my wonderful colleagues as a teacher mentor/E.Y.E coordinator.
I love working with children and chose to be a teacher for that very reason. They are enthusiastic, curious, and open-minded in their desire to learn about the world. I have a dual degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, but Early Childhood is my favorite. I love the light that turns on as children learn and progress in the skill of reading. So many opportunities to learn are opened up when we spend time reading.
Outside of school I love spending time with my own children and grandchildren. I am lucky enough to have 4 daughters, 4 sons, 3 sons-in-law, 3 daughters-in-law, 11 grandchildren, and 6 grand-dogs. I collect children's books and love to read. Music plays an important role in my family and I love using it to teach and learn.
I look forward to each school year and a new batch of enthusiastic Kindergarteners! Welcome to Hawthorn Academy.