In November 2011, the A+ Foundation for West Aurora Schools received a generous bequest from the estate of Janet Isler and directed that an endowed fund be established within the Community Foundation for the perpetual recognition of their benefactor.
The Janet Kircher Isler Endowment Fund provides income for the charitable purposes of the A+ Foundation.
The A+ Foundation for West Aurora Schools is responsible for the support, endorsement, and grant management of this fund.
Janet Isler was born in 1918 in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She attended Washington Grade School in La Crosse where her father was the principal.
She was a 1936 graduate of Central High School. She then studied at the State Teacher’s College in La Crosse and earned a degree in education in 1939.
Later that year, she began her teaching career in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Ms. Isler then moved to Wauwatosa, Wisconsin where she taught for one year.
In the fall of 1942, she began teaching for the West Aurora Schools at Greenman Elementary School.
She also taught at Lincoln, Freeman and Smith Elementary Schools and served as president of Lincoln School’s PTA in 1953.
After teaching for over a quarter of a century, Ms. Isler retired from the school district in 1968.
She was active in sports and was a bowler on several championship teams in Aurora.
She also enjoyed music and sang in the choir at New England Congregational Church in Aurora.
Janet Isler died in La Crosse on December 6, 2010 at the age of 92.
A History of West Aurora School District 129
In 2016, the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley partnered with the A+ Foundation for West Aurora Schools in preserving the history of West Aurora School District 129. Together they produced a collection of photographs, biographies, a video and more highlighting the impressive history of the West Aurora Schools.