The following is a third in a series on Independent School District 549 retirees for the 2022 school year.
After 36 years in education, Perham-Dent Special Education Teacher Janet Buchin is calling it a career. Buchin spent 22 of her 36 years in the Perham-Dent School District.
Previous to her time in Perham, Buchin worked at Fargo Public Schools, GST Educational District, Fergus Falls Public Schools and Detroit Lakes Public Schools before finishing her education career in Perham.
When asked about her favorite memory at Perham Public Schools, Buchin didn’t have just one, she had several great memories.
“Attending and holding special events with fun and unique students such as Spring Fling, hosting a Christmas Open House,” Buchin stated. She also talked about winning at Uno with competitive students. She said that was always great.
She added “Celebrating special events during Child Study with a great group of Special Educators and the great staff at the Prairie Wind Middle School.”
She also mentioned the fantastic potluck lunches the Middle School would host as well.
Buchin is looking forward to a variety of different activities when retirement starts. She is excited about spending time with her five grandchildren, who all love to go camping with Grandma and Grandpa. Her grandchildren range from 16 months to seven years old.
She plans on enjoying a leisurely cup of coffee each morning on her deck or in front of her fireplace.
Another aspect Buchin is looking forward to is doing a lot of traveling. Buchin’s Bucket List of adventures includes Banff, Sedona, National Parks in the Southwest United States, Charleston, Savannah, Acadia National Park, Norway, England and camping at every state park in Minnesota.
Buchin has seen a lot of changes in education during her 36 years in the field and offers unique insight to future educators.
“The field of education is much more difficult to work in now than when I first started teaching,” Buchin said. “Stay true to your values, check with experienced co-workers when you have questions, and really get to know your students and enjoy them.”