Janssen was the region 7 director and a past president of the WASB
Posted Dec. 12, 2013
Mary Janssen, region 7 director and past president of the WASB, passed away Tuesday evening from complications following heart surgery.
Mary had been a member of the Little Chute school board for 25 years with the last 18 years as board president. With her leadership, she helped pass four referendums that included two building referendums and two operation referendums.
In 2010, Mary was elected as president of the WASB. At the time of her passing, she was serving as the region 7 director, a position she had served in for seven years. As director, she met tirelessly with local and state officials in an effort to improve state funding and overall support for public school teachers and children.
Message from the Little Chute Area School District:
Ms. Janssen was a frequent visitor and guest in our classrooms, and extra-curricular activities. She was a strong advocate for children that lived in at-risk conditions. She did not have a lot of patience for school systems who failed to reach their neediest learners. One of her favorite sayings was “I know we have some unmotivated children and uninvolved parents, what school district doesn’t”? “Don’t tell me about the obvious; tell me what you are going to do about it”! She was a believer in pre-K education, participated as an adult mentor for high school students, and was a promoter of our Boys and Girls Club Partnership. She believed community fostered education and education fostered community.
Ms. Janssen also served as the environmentalist for St. John's Church, treasurer for the Friends of the Library and a member of the Village Parks Committee.
To say Ms. Janssen was a strong activist for public education is an understatement. She loved her role as a Board Member but more importantly she loved being a Board Member for Little Chute. She was proud to say “I am from Little Chute and our District takes care of all children – not just the easy ones”!
“Mary was passionate about education, always striving to learn more and improve education in Little Chute and for the children of Wisconsin,” WASB Executive Director John Ashley said. “The WASB sends its deepest sympathies to the Little Chute Area School District and to Mary’s family and friends. The WASB and public education in Wisconsin are better off because of Mary’s tireless work.”