Janet Crawford recently became a member of Madison School District Board on July 1, 2015. She has enjoyed being involved with many of the schools in the district. She loves Madison. She believes our future as a community and nation depends upon educating the youth. She says that when she was approached about the possibility of serving on the board, she felt like this was a good time for her to serve the district in this way.
Janet was born and raised in Ft Collins, Colorado. She graduated from BYU in 1986 with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing, and she has worked off and on as a nurse in the hospital setting since then. Most recently Janet worked at Madison Memorial Hospital as a House Supervisor (ending in 2013).
Janet met her husband, Van, at BYU. His employment and schooling have taken them to Illinois, Ohio and Pocatello, Idaho. They moved to Rexburg in 1998 when Van accepted a job at Ricks College. They have raised their eleven children here. Six of them have graduated from Madison and five more are still enrolled in the district. Three of their children are married and they have three grandchildren.
Of all the jobs Janet has held, the one of being a mother tops them all. She has loved seeing her children learn and grow into capable, contributing citizens. She loves teaching them and watching their talents and abilities emerge. They have very individual gifts, and I love and appreciate each one. I have been very blessed.
Janet has always enjoyed the mountains: fresh air, wildlife, pine smells, bubbling streams, powerful waterfalls, and peaceful lakes. This summer she hiked Table Mountain for the first time. She also enjoys singing, playing the piano, sewing and cooking. She also loves reading good books.
Janet desires to keep Madison moving in a positive direction. She has been very impressed with the decisions that have been made at the district level, and she feels a desire to support that vision. She wants to hear from members of her zone regarding the things that are important to them. She says she will do her best to represent them.
When asked what her reaction and feelings are of joining the board she said: “I feel rather overwhelmed by the responsibility of being on the School Board. It is a great honor and privilege that I don’t take lightly, but I have to say I feel rather inadequate. I have much to learn. There are many important decisions made that affect many peoples’ lives and our children’s futures. I pledge to do my best.”