About Gamma Jan
Gamma Jan, aka Janet Johnston, is a retired schoolteacher of thirty years. She has lived in all across America and around the world, as her husband’s job as Hospital Administrator, took them to several continents. This gave her the opportunity to get to know people with different traditions, customs and cultures. While living in the Middle East, in Saudi Arabia, she taught children in a British International School as well as in two American International Schools. Teaching in international schools, she met children and adults from five continents. She made new friends and experienced many lifestyles.
As a result, Janet’s life story is as interesting as it is adventurous. These adventures include learning to love Arabic food, visiting with Bedouin families, picnicking by the Red Sea, teaching Arabic dancing for both boys and girls and attending an International Teacher’s Meeting in India. She also experienced the First Gulf War first-hand in Riyadh, and barely escaped the Rift Valley Fever in Yemen.
After retiring from teaching in the United States, she joined her husband in Yemen. However, for health and safety reasons she was confined to her apartment for four and a half months. During this time, she was led to reach out to young children through books. Her books bring life lessons to all children in a kind and thoughtful way. Something Really Important is her second book.
Gamma Jan has been married for 54 years. She is a mother of three children, and has two grandchildren. She now enjoys writing children’s books, being with her family and friends in North Carolina.
Gamma Jan volunteers in the community, is a member of Guilford College Community Civitan Club, belongs to the New Garden Friends Meeting and is a member of the SCBW&I. Both she and her husband are graduates of Guildford College in Greensboro, NC, to which she gives a great deal of credit for preparing her to be open to reaching out to others all around the world.