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Janelle Silva

By Sierra Opbroek, Study Skills & Technology Teacher

Janelle is one of the warmest, most organized, and dedicated people, and her passion for working with students shows up in innumerable ways. When walking into Janelle Silva's classroom, you are greeted by an impressive array of expertly handcrafted calligraphy signs (a beautiful must-see, made by Janelle herself), shelves well-stocked with books, and a cozy tea table. She initially left working with 6th-8th graders to transition into teaching high school (and loved it), but made her way back to teach middle school students at PCS because she "really missed the energy, excitement, humor, and enthusiasm of a middle school classroom." Those qualities are matched by Janelle herself, and the adoration she has for her students is clearly reciprocated.  

Outside of PCS, Janelle has an active life full of outdoor adventure, from practicing yoga and playing beach volley, to hiking, camping, and adventuring with her husband around California state & national parks or exploring rural dirt roads and paths less traveled. Her more domestic pursuits include art, homesteading, gardening and spending time with her nieces, nephews and kitties.

Janelle (unsurprisingly) is an avid reader, and when asked what books she would recommend, has "too many to name!" She loves the poetry of Hafiz, Rumi, Mary Oliver, Rupi Kaur, and typically enjoys "multicultural literature, memoirs, and young adult fiction." Recent standout reads include: Educated by Tara Westover, Circe by Madeline Miller, Living Beautifully by Pema Chodron, Children of Blood and Bone by Adeyemi, and Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. The 8th grade summer reading list is also a good place to check out some of her favorites.