Janice Hall Heck

Janice Hall Heck
Janice Hall Heck

Janice Hall Heck collaborated with Chaplain Bob Ossler on Triumph Over Terror, published in 2016.

Heck (writer, blogger, and editor) retired from educational administration at Hong Kong International School in 2000. After retiring, Heck earned a master’s degree in Biblical Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary and worked as managing editor for the Journal of Biblical Counseling for several years. She holds a master’s degree in Special Education from Boston University and a master’s in Public Administration/Educational Administration from College of Notre Dame, Belmont, CA.

Heck’s entire teaching career involved working with children with learning and behavior problems. She taught special education classes in Franklin Township, NJ and in Beverly, MA. She moved to California and taught in a juvenile court school setting with adjudicated adolescents.  After moving into educational administration, she worked as assistant principal at Soldotna Elementary in Soldotna, Alaska and as principal at North Star Elementary in Nikiski, Alaska. In 1993, she became early childhood principal (preprimary through grade 2) at Hong Kong International School, in Repulse Bay, Hong Kong.

Hong Kong International School, Lower Primary School
Hong Kong International School, Lower Primary School, 2000

After retiring from HKIS in 2000, she returned to the U.S. and taught English, writing, and computer applications at the New Jersey Recovery Services for adolescents with drug and alcohol addictions on a part time basis. She also directed those students in producing News and Notes, a student newsletter. She attended Westminster Theological Seminary during these years.

While in education, Heck presented workshops on teaching writing to children with special needs at school district and national conventions of the Council for Exceptional Children and the Association for Children with Learning Disabilities.Heck authored Evaluating and Improving Written Expression: A Practical Guide for Educators, Allyn and Bacon, 1974; PRO-ED, 1986, 1999.

Heck has been involved in writing critique groups for the 16 years. She’s presented writing workshops at the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference. She was a member of the New Jersey Society of Christian Writers and now co-leads the Cumberland County Community Church Christian Writers’ Critique Group, Millville, NJ. She’s currently editor and publisher of On the Horizon, a quarterly 55+ community newsletter for Woods Landing, Mays Landing, NJ.

In the first organizational meeting of the CCCC Writers Group in Millville, Heck met Chaplain Ossler. Their conversations led to the production of Triumph Over Terror, a memoir of Ossler’s FINAL Front COVER Triumph Over Terror FOREWORD WHITE (2) interactions with people at Ground Zero who were  struggling with the physical, emotional, and spiritual aftermath of the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

In her free time in retirement (if there is such a thing), Heck loves to travel. Once a small-town farm girl, Heck always has a trip in mind. Her motto is “Any time, anywhere. Let’s go!”

Janice Hall Heck in Petra, Jordan.
Janice Hall Heck in Petra, Jordan

Despite being a world traveler, Heck prefers the beaches of Ocean City, New Jersey for short vacations. What’s not to love there? You, too, can come and be tempted by the sun, sand, surf, boardwalk pizza, caramel popcorn, curly fries, ice cream, monkey bread, coconut shrimp, and so much more. You can walk off all those extra calories on the five-mile round-trip walk on the boardwalk. But there’s one rule: You must touch the rails at each end of the boardwalk or you can’t count the five miles. Sorry. That’s the rule.

Heck is a wife, mother, and “Grannie Jan” to thirteen sweet, adorable, intelligent, well-behaved grandchildren. (Could they be anything else?)

Her favorite causes? The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, the MS City-to-Shore Bike-A-Thon, World Vision, and the American Heart Association.

Persnickety cats and cuddly kittens top the list of Heck’s favorite things. Traveling, reading, writing, blogging, taking pictures, gardening, walking, singing in the choir, swimming, and eating out are in the top ten all-time fun things to do.

In 2012, Heck started her first blog on a dare. This blog started out as an eclectic mix of topics on writing craft tips, quirky writing errors, travel notes and photos, senior health issues, food, book reviews, photo challenge entries, and current event topics. After a brief hiatus to pursue other ventures, Heck will return to blogging and add posts about her work with Chaplain Bob Ossler on developing the book, Triumph Over Terror.

You can connect with Janice Hall Heck in the following places;

Facebook: Janice Hall Heck

Twitter: @Janiceheck