by Erica Van Soelen
After 27 years of faithful service to Pella Christian, family consumer sciences teacher Jan Blunck has decided to “hang up her apron.” During her time at PC, Blunck has taught very important skills such as cooking, baking, sewing, housing design, and child care. She even spent a few years as the cheerleading coach.
Blunck has noted many good aspects working at PC, but her favorite part has been building relationships. “It is fun to see and catch up with past students, and it is very rewarding to see how God is using them in their many roles as moms, dads, and community and church leaders,” she said.
The biggest change that has occured during her career at PC was the move in 2008. “I will always remember the move to our campus and all the dedicated volunteers to make that move happen. I have a lot of good memories from my early years of teaching at 604 Jefferson and there are lots of good memories in these walls also,” said Blunck.
Blunck has immensely enjoyed her time teaching at Pella Christian and will cherish many fun memories. A very specific memory comes to mind when she reflects back on the old high school building. “I taught Sewing 1 and Advanced Sewing, and so I organized the first Style Show that was preceded by a salad supper. I had just started dating Mr. Blunck so I invited him to come, not thinking he would actually come. But there he was, standing in line, arms crossed, waiting for the food, in the middle of all ladies. He was one of very few, if not the only man there. I knew then that he was a keeper, or at least that he was hungry!” said Blunck.
So what is next for Jan Blunck? She isn’t quite sure. Spending time with grandchildren, extended family, and catching up with her friends is at the top of her list. A few of her other interests include gardening, sewing, crafts, cooking, baking, traveling, spending time in nature, and pursuing a few of the many volunteer opportunities in our community. “I can’t wait to see how God will use me,” she said.
Blunck is not only a wonderful teacher, but is also an amazing friend who always has a smile on her face and a kind word to share with her students. “Honestly no words can do Mrs. Blunck justice,” said senior Kendra Rozendaal. “She has been one of the most kind-hearted teachers here at PCHS and will be missed by everyone. Mrs. Blunck has a great personality and is always ready to handle any situation that may arise, whether that be in the kitchen or life in general. She is stocked full of compliments and witty food jokes. She is an EGGcellent teacher, and will be missed more than she will ever know!”