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 third 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. Click Virtual Classroom Rules (on the left hand side)to access virtual expectaions.

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. Click on QR Codes (on the left hand side) or click link for easy access.Class Dojo

Teams is where all the information for your child's learning will take place. Your scholar will have their e-mail to log into teams . I have their email and password in their packet. Please don't share this! In Teams, each scholar will have their own private notebook. Click on QR Codes (on the left hand side) or click link for easy access. then enter your child's e-mail and password. Please do not share passwords or e-mail with anyone.                                                     

Please feel free to contact me

Sincerely,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ms. Strain

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