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Janie Downer

From the June 30, 2021 issue
of The Journal

By Richard Harris
   Longtime educator Janie Downer is retiring after 4 ½ decades of leading students and teachers in area schools. While she worked for many years in the Marion County School System, the later part of her career was spent as the superintendent of Webster County Schools.
   Her 45-year career included 23 years in the classroom as a teacher and 22 years as an administrator.
   Her two-plus decades in the classroom were full of challenges, joy, and laugher. Known as a tough teacher academically, she also found ways to form special bonds with students and made learning fun.
   "I loved the students," she said. "I have been told that my classes were 'tough' and my demands were even tougher, but the students learned ...
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