Janelle Reasor has worked as the Magnet Programs Coordinator at Marshall Elementary School since 2008. She is the central driving force behind the school’s extracurricular success. Over the course of the past decade, Marshall has grown exponentially in its ability to deliver a dynamic academic program of study, emphasizing the arts and sciences, to all of its students.
Through the influence of her leadership abilities, coupled with her scheduling prowess, and grant-writing and fund-raising aptitudes, Janelle, as the magnet programs coordinator for ten years, has empowered Marshall to both revitalize and enhance its dedication to academic excellence by providing rigorous and meaningful extracurricular learning opportunities in the arts and sciences to its students every day. Additionally, the catalog of one-of-a-kind extracurricular magnet programs that she has crafted has allowed Marshall to provide much-needed socio-emotional support to our students as they develop a stronger sense of self-confidence, an array of creative thinking skills, a very-real enthusiasm for lifelong learning, and the ability to make positive life-affirming, socially-responsible decisions about their personal and educational goals.
Janelle has created an array of award-winning extracurricular activities at Marshall Magnet School, all of which are offered free-of-charge to its economically challenged students. These programs, implemented by Janelle, 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 Commission on the Arts and the Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff. Among the extracurricular opportunities offered to all of our students, taught by a collaboration between Marshall faculty and experts from the community for an hour or more per week during the school year, are: Suzuki Violin, Chess Club, Heritage Habitat & Gardening, Team Mastermind, FIRST Lego League Robotics, Photojournalism, Painting, Band, Choir, Ballet Folklorico de Colores, Japanese Taiko Drumming, Modern Dance, Boys and Girls STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) Team, Coding and Digital Media Editing Lab, Creative Writing Workshop, Makerspace, Yoga/Mindfulness, Mustang Leadership Team and more. Janelle also works tirelessly to coordinate Marshall’s ongoing annual Artist- and Scientist-in-Residency programs.
Marshall Magnet School’s extracurricular programs are fully independently funded, and Janelle has worked diligently for many years to ensure that a significant percentage of these monies have been granted or gifted to Marshall Magnet School via vital community partnerships which have consistently included: the Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff, The Catherine B. Adel Foundation at the NAU School of Music, The AZ Game and Fish Heritage Foundation, The Arizona Commission on the Arts, Arizona Snowbowl, Terra BIRDS and the annual tax-credit contributions of hundreds of faithful donors. Janelle also facilitates every aspect of our Suzuki Violin Rental Program, which provides individual practice violins to Marshall students at home for $10.00 per month.
In addition to all of this, as a member of our certified teaching staff, Janelle teaches essential emerging literacy intervention as well as science and language-arts extension classes to discrete student groups each day during the school day as a part of Marshall’s Response to Intervention (RTI) framework. She is an active arts education advocate and continues to support students and teachers with her contagious involvement and commitment to education in Arizona. Since 2015 she has been involved as a teacher leader in math and science through FUSD’s Improve Teacher Quality Grant. In 2016 she was selected to participate in the prestigious 2017/18 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. Finally, Janelle successfully completed her administrative internships as of December 2017 and is now is possession of NAU’s Graduate Certificate – Principal K-12. Janelle wears many hats at Marshall elementary and approaches each of her roles with hard work and enthusiasm. Her aggressive advocacy in Flagstaff has generated over 60 community partnerships which she continues to cultivate resulting in clear, positive experiences available to all Marshall students.