Name: Janet Chaffin
Hometown: Henderson, NV
NSHS Campus: Central Office
What do you enjoy most about working at Nevada State High School (NSHS)? As the Data and Accountability Coordinator, I work with student achievement data. It is very exciting to be able to see data changing and to see students meeting their academic goals. I generate the student scorecards, so being able to see how many students go from Red to Yellow or Green is always exciting. My favorite time of the year is graduation because I get to see all of the hard work the students have put in paying off as they receive their diplomas.
How do you like to spend your free time? What is free time? I spend as much of my free time with my family as I can. I love doing projects with my kids or going on trips to visit extended family.
What is your favorite place in the world? I have not traveled outside of the U.S., but my dream travel destinations are Ireland and Scotland. I have only been to a few places within the U.S., but I really enjoy going anywhere that has lots of trees and open space to just enjoy the scenery.
What is the last book you read? The Body by Stephen King
Which authors or books have influenced you the most? I read the book Generation Me by Jean Twenge and it really was an eye-opening look at the millennial generation. I went into the book thinking it would not apply to me at all as I would not consider myself a stereotypical “millennial,” but I was surprised to see that I did identify with some of the mindsets and lifestyle choices they discussed. I would encourage others to read it.
Do you have any secret talents? After high school, I flipped a house with my dad and uncle, so I have gotten pretty good at home repairs. I think my best skills that I developed are with electrical wiring and plumbing. It’s a very useful skill set to have when you own your own home.
What do you hope students will come away with after attending NSHS? Just by attending NSHS, our students are already taking advantage of an opportunity that a lot of other students don’t have. I hope they continue embracing the path less traveled and making the most of opportunities that come along when they leave high school.