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Staff Feature: Q&A with Jan Kolk

Jan Kolk is the campus interventionist, working with students who are struggling to pass classes. She is married and has two adult children.

Question: What would be the hardest thing for you to give?

Answer: “The hardest thing for me to give up would be my family because everything I am and everything I do has come from my family, my choice of what I do with my life to be a teacher came from my parents who were both educators. What drives me is my husband and my children, I want to be successful for them. I can’t imagine having to give them up. I can’t imagine being able to survive without having the support that my family gives me to help me be the person I am.”

Q: How do holidays work with your family?

A: “I live a long way away from my family. When it comes to holidays we travel, well drive and our children will join as at those places. We don’t always have a chance to see each other. We have been doing this for 30 years.”

Q: Was it hard for you to cope with your children leaving for school?

A: “Oh yeah. They are your kids and they are wonderful, and I love the opportunity to interact with them as adults. You watch them from little kids to teenagers and then they go off to college. They become┬áreally cool people, it is wonderful as a parent to be able to interact with your child as an adult. There are still things that they do as what they did when they were 2.”

Q: Did you ever want any more children?

A: “There earth is only so big and it can only handle so many people and I figured I could replace my husband and me I but not add to the population.”