Sigsbee Charter School


Mrs. Jannes has served in the field of education for twenty-six years.  She earned a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachussetts with majors in Psychology and Education and Philosophy.  Mrs. Jannes earned a Master’s of Arts degree from Columbia University’s Teachers’ College and completed her doctoral coursework at Columbia after earning a full merit scholarship.  She majored in Educational Leadership and Staff Development.  Mrs. Jannes is a certified school administrator and elementary school teacher.

Mrs. Jannes began her education career as a sixth grade teacher and then transitioned into a Gifted and Talented Specialist who was also responsible for staff development.  She spent several years teaching during and the day and consulting in school systems in the late afternoons.  The spouse of a Coast Guard Officer, Mrs. Jannes left New York and landed in Northern Virginia, serving as a Gifted and Talented Specialist in Fairfax County Public Schools.  Mrs. Jannes also taught graduate courses in gifted education and served as a teacher mentor. 

Another military transfer brought Mrs. Jannes and her family to Key West in 2006.  Her husband served as the Deputy of Coast Guard Sector Key West from 2006-2010 until he retired.  Mrs. Jannes participated as a member of the Founding Team of Sigsbee Charter School, was on the original Board of Directors and has served as Principal of Sigsbee Charter School since it opened in 2010. 

During her years at Sigsbee Charter School, enrollment at SCS has more than doubled, the school has been awarded several grants and the school has received an A rating by the State Department of Education each year.  Mrs. Jannes received the Champion Charter School Leader award in 2014.  Mrs. Jannes is the proud parent of two Sigsbee graduates, Taylor and Dylan.  They both attend Key West High School.  She has a dog named Cutter who was born on Sigsbee and has been with her for ten years.  Mrs. Jannes enjoys reading by the water, taking a lot of photos, being a soccer/baseball/lacrosse/tennis mom and participating in all things Sigsbee.


The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think - rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men.  ~Bill Beattie


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