One of Us: Mrs. Judy Shaner


Robbie Kates, Reporter

Aside from being one of the smartest science teachers Hammonton has to offer, Mrs. Judy Shaner is a favorite teacher to many students here at HHS. A teacher for more than 35 years, Mrs. Shaner has done far more for the school than anyone could imagine, from organizing every school event including the senior trip, to raising money for not only the school, but charities too. She’s simply irreplaceable. Mrs. Shaner graduated from Oakcrest High School and continued her studies at Stockton. She graduated with a BS in Biology. She currently teaches Honors Biology and Honors Anatomy and Physiology.

What do you love most about teaching?

The lightbulb moments for my students.


What subjects have you taught in the past?

Always biology, but for the first 16 years, I taught intro to physics and chemistry.


What is your favorite topic to teach in each of your classes?

For biology, genetics, and for anatomy, the reproductive system.


What is the craziest thing you’ve ever heard a student say during class? 

One student asked me where the sun goes when it goes down, and another student wrote “lack toast and tolerant” on a lab report instead of “lactose intolerant”


What do you plan on doing after retirement?

60 seems like a good age for retirement, and I’m currently looking for a lab job in a hospital. I could never sit home and do nothing.


What is your favorite food?

Mashed potatoes, and gummy bears.


What is something that nobody knows about you?

I’m a real pushover at home for my kids.


What is your favorite pastime?

Playing with Nathan (her grandson)