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Thankful to teach

By Robert Proctor

The Cuero Record

Nearly 3,000 students and 20 Cuero vs Yoakum football games later, Sharon Janca is ready to hang up her teaching hat. A technology teacher at Cuero Junior High School since 2001, Janca never expected to be an educator but soon learned it was her calling.

With this act in life soon to be behind her following the fall semester in December, she still has plenty more to keep her busy. After graduating from Texas State (then Southwest Texas State), Janca spent a decade in finance, working in Austin and Houston, before she and her husband, Donald, found their way back home to Yoakum in 1992.

“By the time I had my second child [Drew], I realized I did not want to work and have somebody else raise my children,” she recalled. “We planned on moving to this area but didn’t plan on necessarily moving back to Yoakum, which is where I grew up, but that’s where we ended up.”

For the next 10 years, Janca stayed home to raise her two children [Nikki and Drew], which eventually became three. When Trey, her third child, started getting older, she began thinking about her next act in life. Janca talked to the University of Houston-Victoria and found out that her business degree would count as content hours. All she had to do was take education hours, and earn a certificate in business composite, which would allow her to teach many subjects.

“The position happened to be open at Cuero Junior High to teach technology in August 2001,” Janca recalled. 

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