JANICE IBO RICHARDSON

2021 Gerald Nuckolls Award for Christian Education

Janices's Early Life & education

Janice is the second of five children born to Dorothy Mae and Ollie Carter. She and her siblings regularly attended Sunday School with their mother at Greater Saint John Baptist Church (now known as Saint John Church–Baptist. Since then, Janice has sung in various choirs, served in the Mission Department, been Women’s Day Chairperson, and volunteered in The Senior’s Ministry, The STARS After School Tutoring Program. She was acknowledged as a Living Legend for her work with the women of Saint John. In the Christian Education Department she was a Sunday School teacher for children and adults before becoming the Superintendent of the department.

As a child, Janice imagined herself being a teacher like fourth and fifth grade teachers; however, at Phillips High School her Physics teacher took her aside and said, “Someday you’ll make an excellent teacher.” After high school, Janice received a scholarship to Elmhurst College where she earned her B S in Elementary Education. She later earned a M S in Special Education from Chicago State University.

Teacher & Mentor

For thirty-five years, Janice taught in private, parochial, and Chicago public schools. During her career, she was honored as The Most Outstanding Teacher of the Year and won several Oppenheimer Educational Grants to use with her students. Her final assignment was at York High School, a Chicago Public High School inside Cook County Jail for young inmates who never completed high school. Despite the challenges, Janice was successful with meeting the needs of students. In 2002, Janice was inducted into the Wendell Phillips High School Hall of Fame for excellence as an educator and remains active in the Alumni Association and Hall of Fame Committee.

Family Life

Janice married Richard Richardson. They raised a blended family of five children, always stressing the importance of Christian living, education, and hard work. Today, Janice and Richard have twelve grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Janice Richardson credits God for all she has accomplished in her life.