Serving the communities of Anderson and Ketron Islands, Steilacoom, JBLM, DuPont, Lakewood, and Parkland.
Jani Hitchen has lived and worked in Pierce County for more than 28 years. Born in Olympia, she grew up with two younger brothers and a single mother (her father passed away when she was 4) who advocated for students as a longtime school board member.
Hitchen graduated from Capital High School and attended Pacific Lutheran University where she majored in biology while earning her elementary school teaching certificate.
After working as a substitute teacher in the Tacoma, Bethel and Franklin school districts she took a full-time teaching position with the Clover Park School District. Most recently she taught biology at Graham-Kapowsin High School.
Hitchen previously was an active member of the district’s local education association union.