John Jannetti wanders into room 323 with a noticeable smile on his face and a gleam of happiness that is so robust it can be felt radiating off of him. He looks at the worn out students sitting in their undersized desks before him as if it’s his first time seeing them, and he is overjoyed to have each and every one in his class. Then he glances over at the famous shoe rack hanging by the door with the expectations of each slot being filled with cell phones. It takes a few minutes for the class to get settled, so Mr. Jannetti waits, not annoyed or agitated, but patient. He strolls around the room and individually asks his students, “How are you?” and in no way does it seem disingenuous or forced. When he asks, you can hear the curiosity and sincerity in his voice. There is a certain ambiance about him that makes you feel that he genuinely cares about each of his students.
Once the class officially begins to commence, Mr. Jannetti stands at the front of the room with distinguished glasses adorning his face. He is tall with a runner’s build, result of his training for and participation in the recent Boston Marathon. His hands are covered in black Expo from the eraser that is long overdue to be thrown out. His stained fingers grip his “Shut up I’m about to teach chemistry” mug as he looks over the rim at each student with an infectious smile.
Mr. Jannetti entered the classroom wearing goofy safety goggles and a big white lab coat. He didn’t say a word; he just started blowing something up at the front of the room.
His students have many positive things to say about him. One of his former students, Beth LaMacchia, current junior, said, “I really like him, and he is a good teacher. You can tell that he loves teaching and that made a big difference in the class.”
Mr. Jannetti goes out of his way to make sure that each person understands what he is teaching. He will go up to students individually and ask “Does that make sense?” If they say no, he pulls up a chair and goes more in depth explaining it.
LaMacchia also said, “He wanted to make sure everyone understood everything. So I always felt comfortable asking questions.” In this way, Mr. Jannetti provides a nice teaching environment for his students.
Not only do students speak highly of Mr. Janetti, but other faculty members do as well. Dr. Janeiro, a friend and coworker of Mr. Jannetti, spoke with a certain pride and joy about him as she said, “John comes across as a very nice, sweet, genuine person. He has this very calm demeanor about him. He listens well, he looks you in the eye when he talks to you, and he is very astute. He will listen and absorb information before he speaks. When he does speak, he’s got a good sense of understanding. And that’s often something we lose in our society, where everybody is in a hurry to think and speak quickly.”
The first time Dr. Janeiro saw Mr. Jannetti do a chemistry experiment was at Lawrence High School. The classroom was full of urban, predominantly Latino kids who were brought up in environment that didn’t encourage enthusiasm in academics such as chemistry. Despite this, Mr. Jannetti undauntedly entered the classroom wearing goofy safety goggles and a big white lab coat. He didn’t say a word; he just started blowing something up at the front of the room. “It was like one of those movies, where the kids are out of control a little bit and suddenly–‘BOOM’–explosion in the front of the room and they all went silent and were amazed. It certainly sparked their interest,” said Dr. Janeiro. She had seen, firsthand, the looks on the kids faces as they were not only introduced to chemistry, but to Mr. Jannetti.
Mr. Janetti’s commitment to the AHS community even extends out of the classroom. He arrives at school everyday around 7:00-7:15 with a great attitude. Mr. Jannetti gives 110 percent at everything he does and is involved in. Mrs. L’Ecuyer, a colleague of Mr. Jannetti, spoke about him with a great respect and said, “He’ll do whatever is asked of him. He’s like the kid who signed up for every club.”
At AHS he is involved with the Environmental Club, and he also assisted in coaching cross country during the 2014 season. After school, you can find him tutoring kids who need extra help. He’s on the schedule committee, and he’s involved in a group concerning the presidential election. Not only does he teach for about six hours each day, he also runs and trains with a local running club every single day, sometimes until 9 o’clock at night. “He is always here with a smile on his face, a sarcastic comment on his lips, and a cup of tea in his hand,” said Mrs. L’Ecuyer. “You gotta love him. Mr. Jannetti is an inspiration.”
Mr. Jannetti is an unstoppable force who thrives off every little aspect in life. He truly is a one of a kind person. Mr. Jannetti is the type of teacher you will never forget. You’ll hear his caring voice in the back of your mind one day telling you one of his many quotes: “Don’t run away from it, run at it.”
By Kristina Gerroir
Editors’ note: This article was generated as an assignment for the Journalism class. The author was asked to profile an adult member of the community without interviewing them directly.