(By Brandon Hansen/Chewelah Independent)
Janet McLaughlin spent over 20 years inspiring Chewelah students…
For many years Jenkins Junior Senior High School hasn’t had a theatre.
But it has certainly had a theatre program.
From the many productions the high school puts on to raucous applause, to the dance tours around area schools, to the StageTime shows that have parents falling over each other to snag a photo of their child and finally theatre students that find themselves prepared properly for the next level at universities.
At the center of all this is Janet McLaughlin, who is retiring this year after more than 20 years as Chewelah School District’s theatre teacher.
Not one to want the spotlight, but rather create the spotlight for someone else to take, McLaughlin has been a teaching force in Chewelah for decades — helping foster the artistic environment that is both unique and vibrant in a town of this size.