Ms. Janet Strain

Phone: 314-771-2539


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science – Elementary and Special Education Certifications: Early Childhood Education Reading Specialist Elementary Education Middle School English Middle School Social Studies Learning Disabilities (LD) Emotional Disturbance (ED)

Ms. Janet Strain

Meet Ms. Strain:

In my life, I am blessed to have a granddaughter and three wonderful children – two sons and a daughter. My favorite pastimes are reading, spending time with my granddaughter, watching my daughter barrel race, camping, horseback riding, hiking, and traveling with my family. I have taught special needs students for 17 years. When I obtained my Reading Specialist Certification from Webster University, I then taught as a reading specialist for four years. This is my second year teaching at Hodgen Tech Academy.

I enjoy creating a positive learning and teaching environment, complete with individualized instruction and personal respect for each child. I want scholars to know they can be successful, that learning is relevant, and challenges can be fun and empowering. I strive to be an expert on subject matter, and to keep my instruction flexible and creative to retain interest, increase motivation, and inspire a passion for life-long learning.


The scholars have clear and consistent expectations that create an affirming, safe environment. I believe in positive reinforcement accompanied with redirection of behavior. There is a special calming space in the room that gives scholars the opportunity to self-regulate. If necessary a scholar can go to a buddy room to calm down.

Class Dojo is utilized school wide as a positive reinforcement and for important parent communication. I will regularly post class pictures and updates. If you have not already, please download the app to connect with our class! There is a special calming space in the room that gives scholars the opportunity to self-regulate. If necessary, a scholar can go to a buddy room to calm down.



Please tell your scholar hello, give them a hug, and tell them I miss and am thinking of them.

Most of you attended parent teacher conferences and know your child’s educational needs. I have posted some great websites your child can use while being home schooled.

Please make sure your child is still reading 20 minutes daily.

Don’t worry about your child regressing in school. When we get back we will meet them where they are. That’s what we do! Your child’s mental health is more important than their academic skills. How your child felt during this time will stay with them longer that what worksheet they did or did not complete. Embrace the opportunity to stay connected to your scholars in order to build relationships and to reinforce sense of normalcy for them.

*** The SLPS Academics team has created enrichment packets to encouraged continuous learning among scholars at Hodgen. These packets are available at meal distribution sites, and are posted online at

Please feel free to contact me


Ms. Strain

“A child who learns to read will be an adult who thinks” –unknown-