2017 Viola Award Nominee for Excellence in Leadership
Janelle Reasor has worked as the Magnet Programs Coordinator at Marshall Elementary School since 2008. As such, she works tirelessly to bring extracurricular activities in the arts and sciences to the students of Marshall. Through successful fundraising efforts, she has created a thriving extracurricular program at the school. This has been done through grant writing, a rigorous tax credit campaign and fundraising events, all coordinated and supported by Reasor. As a result of these efforts, Marshall now is involved in a varied list of programs which includes, Suzuki Violin, Chess Club, Heritage Habitat & Gardening programs, TeamMastermind, FIRST Lego League Robotics, Photojournalism, Painting, Outdoor Explorers, Cursive Creations, Yoga/Mindfulness, Computer Coding, Makerspace, Band, Choir, Ballet Folklorico de Colores, Japanese Taiko Drumming, Modern Dance, Boys and Girls STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) Team, Technology and Digital Media Editing Lab, and Creative Writing Workshops. These kinds of extracurricular activities have a noticeable benefit for the students involved. It has been shown that they increase self confidence, creative thinking skills and an enthusiasm for education.
These programs, implemented by Reasor, have gained attention at the local and statewide level because of their success and positive impact on students. Her Magnet program has received the Governor’s Arts Award and gained recognition from Arizona Department of Education and the Flagstaff Arts Council. It is also recognized annually by the Arizona Commision on the Arts and the Flagstaff Community Foundation.
She is an active arts education advocate and continues to support students and teachers with her contagious involvement and commitment to education in Arizona.
Although Reasor does a lot behind the scenes, raising funds and coordinating programs, she is also an active educator in the classroom. She works as the Art and Science integration specialist at Marshall. She teaches essential literacy intervention classes and science and language-arts extension classes. In 2015 she was named a teacher leader in math and science through FUSD’s Improve Teacher Quality Grant. In 2016 she was selected to participate in the prestigious Rodel Exemplary Principal Initiative as a Rodel Aspiring Principal clearly demonstrating her commitment and dedication to leadership in high-need schools. Her efforts and achievements have not gone unnoticed as she has received outstanding recommendations from colleagues in education and from community leaders. Reasor wears many hats at Marshall elementary, and approaches each of her roles with hard work and enthusiasm. Her work has resulted in clear, positive experiences available to all Marshall students.