A fourth generation Idahoan and the first of Wayne and Janice Hammond’s 5 children, Jana was a born into the values that make Idaho great: honesty, hard work, and independence. She grew up in Bonneville County and attended Idaho Falls School District 91, where she would eventually teach after graduating from Skyline High School and earning her bachelor’s degree in Special Education at Utah State University.
Dissatisfied with the lack of early childhood education in the state before kindergarten was funded, and after earning a master’s degree in Special Education, Jana founded and operated Progressive Day School in Idaho Falls—one of the first early childhood centers in the state to include children with special needs. Progressive Day School is still open today and is where countless children in Idaho started school, including all of Jana’s children and grandchildren.
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