Janie has played an integral role in the Uncommon story from the beginning. While she is Uncommon’s biggest supporter and Katie’s biggest personal cheerleader, she also brings a fresh eye and contagious energy to the studio’s work. Janie's vocation as a teacher strengthens her kind demeanor and her determination to do what is best for the greater good.



Q&A Time!

The Uncommon Way

What makes you Uncommon?

  • I live my life through faith and encourage others to do the same. I like to claim the title of Katie’s one and only ‘hype-girl’, as I’ve never stopped and will never stop encouraging her to use her God given gifts to build up His earthly kingdom. I’ve experienced the joys and trials right alongside Katie as she has created this studio from scratch – literally scratch. An idea, a dream in her heart. I remember the exact car ride when she told me she was going to start a creative studio, and that it was going to be rooted in wisdom and scripture from Tony Dungy’s Uncommon Life Devotional (a devotional that her and I have read and prayed through numerous times). I remember smiling and thinking of how I knew her words – this idea of a studio – would be brought to life, some way some how. Honestly, credit to our Creator, Tony Dungy’s wisdom/writing, and Katie, who have taught me what it is truly like to be Uncommon. In being Katie’s one and only ‘hype-girl’, I’ve learned what it truly means to have a dream in your heart, the will and hard work to see your dream roll out, and above all, lean on the Lord to guide your steps. Katie is FEARLESS and FAITHFILLED. She is the epitome of Uncommon, and so therefore to is her work. I’m a first grade teacher that loves teaching kiddos how to read, yet I so appreciate and am in awe of the creative field. And even more, watching Katie bring her dreams to life while living an Uncommon Life – ‘being more than what the world asks us to be’ – has ignited my own dreams and my own Uncommon-ness.

Do you have a motto, thesis, or other grounding statement for your life?

  • Being a teacher, I feel a life verse of mine is: “Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly--not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God.” 1 Peter 5:2


What is your favorite creative activity?

  • Knitting winter scarves & writing


What is your favorite quote or bible verse?

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18:

    • “Always be joyful.  Never stop praying.  Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”

The Basics

When you are not working with Uncommon, what is your occupation?

  • 1st Grade Teacher!

Who or what got you involved with The Uncommon Creative Studio?

  • I’m related to the studio’s creator ;) Honored to call Katie my sister!! The creative, determined heart and mind behind the studio.


Class or subject in school

  • ALL (ha, I’m a geek!) …. But if I had to choose, literacy is my jam.



  • Sundress + Sandals

What was the best year of your life and why?

  • 2017 (current year!) – I married my best friend


The Good Stuff

What’s the best little thing that brightens your day?

  • Coffee – when I see that Starbucks cup  or a ‘secret’ note placed on my desk from one of my students


Which of your five senses is the strongest?

  • Ears – being a teacher, you don’t miss a beat ;)

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