My name is Jani (rhymes with Danny), and I have lived and worked in Pierce County for over 28 years. Here is a little herstory to help you understand me.

  • Born in Olympia, WA in 1973 and grew up with 2 younger brothers and my mother (my father passed away when I was 4).

  • Attended public schools in Olympia and had an amazing experience. Decided that I wanted to be an educator.

  • Watched my mother advocate for students in the Olympia area as a long time member of the school board.

  • Graduated from Capital High School in 1992 and got my first job as a camp counselor at St. Albans Girl Scout. I returned to camp every summer for the next 10 years.

  • Attended Pacific Lutheran University and majored in Biology, while earning my elementary teaching certificate.

  • Worked as a substitute teacher in Tacoma, Bethel and Franklin Pierce School Districts for over a year, and learned all the things that they do not teach you in the college classroom.

  • Started my first full time teaching position in the Clover Park School District at Lochburn Middle School. I taught Technology Education, Leadership and Yearbook and loved the students I worked with every day. After 10 years of working with many amazing educators I wanted a change.

  • Married Paul Hitchen while working at Lochburn and we were living in Parkland.

  • Accepted a position in the Bethel School District in 2009 at Spanaway Junior High, teaching 9th grade Physical Science. I moved to Liberty Junior High when it opened and when 9th were moved to the high school, I followed. Currently I am a full time biology teacher at GKHS.

  • Proud to be an active member of our union (BEA), it was their encouragement that inspired my interest and involvement to take on this new challenge.


My husband Paul, passed away in March of 2019, and though we had been working towards me one day running for office, I became inspired to NOT WAIT. You might not have a tomorrow to make the changes and do the work you want to and need to do. I am running with his blessing and know that he would be behind me 100%.

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