Janet Gottesman returning to elementary school


Photo by Rohan Lewis

Career Center Coordinator Janet Gottesman has been teaching at the school for 24 years, and she has little regret. Before coming to the Brookline school system, Gottesman taught second grade for one year in New Jersey and two years of second and third grade at the Oak Hill Elementary School in Newton.

After leaving Oak Hill, Gottesman earned a master’s degree in counseling and began working in the career center shortly thereafter.

Of the many duties she performed while running the career center, which include college counseling and general guidance, her favorite part involved her communication with the students.

“I like interacting with the kids.  I like helping them out and making them feel better,” said Gottesman.

When she leaves, Gottesman’s many duties will be split up among several departments because the school, due to budget cuts, eliminated her position.  The elimination of her job was upsetting and sudden to Gottesman, but she is content with her career and looks into the future.

Upon leaving, Gottesman wishes to return to her elementary school roots.

“I plan on volunteering in elementary schools and helping young kids with reading,” said Gottesman.

Because she lives in Newton, Gottesman will look for volunteering opportunities there first but will also look in Brookline and Boston.

Though she is sad to be ending her career, Gottesman said she has “really enjoyed” her time here and will “definitely miss the overall atmosphere” along with the students she has gotten to know so well.