Mrs. Grubbs grew up in Mansfield, Texas and has seen the entire area transition from rural communities to the suburban landscape is has become today. She grew up on a farm and has done everything from raising cattle to throwing cotton, and even owned her own salon for a time. Mrs. Grubbs met her husband, Ken, when they were teenagers through their shared interest in rodeo. He’s the love of her life and her best friend; she says he looks no different to her than he did when they first met when they were kids. The Grubbs family has been farming in Venus since before the town was incorporated. Generations of the Grubbs family’s children have been educated at Venus ISD, or the old one-room Lone Star School that was the district’s predecessor. Jonann and Ken have two daughters, who graduated from Venus High School in 1989 and 1992.
Her rural roots have kept her and her family planted in Venus for over 47 years. She has witnessed Venus ISD go from the single building school that burned in the 80’s to the quartet of campuses we now enjoy. While Mrs. Grubbs laments Venus’ change into a more suburban community, she is amazed at how the community’s priorities have not. The citizens of Venus has never lost the care and love that they have for the students; the bottom line has always been, “whatever is best for the kids is what we’re going to do”. She says she was drawn to work for Venus ISD because it is warm and friendly, and that the teachers and principals truly care about the students. Mrs. Grubbs feels that VISD students are never treated like a number, instead they are treated like the wonderful growing young people that they are. Had it not been for the few years she took off to care for her ailing mother in law, she would have over 30 years of service to the students and staff of Venus ISD. She has spent most of that time as a paraprofessional in the Special Education Department, but has worked with our kindergartners, served as a campus nurse, and facilitated in-school suspension. Mrs. Grubbs builds deep rapport with her students and is eternally patient, knowing that you catch more flies with honey.
In her free time, Mrs. Grubbs loves to bake and cook (especially for her coworkers who make sure that no crumb goes to waste), and spend time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She has found a new pastime in becoming the de facto VHS FFA grandmother, or Honey as the FFA kids call her; in this she is able to combine her love of animals with her passion for students. Mrs. Grubbs greatly enjoys seeing the FFA students raise and show their animals, and is thankful for the opportunity to help in any way she can.
Who would you like to brag on?
Mr. Buck has made an amazing impact on the community and the Grubbs family is no exception. Mrs. Grubbs credits his skill in working students as the reason why they brought their grandchild back to VHS. He is a great man who always does what is best for his students; he and his wonderful wife are amazing principals!
Charles McCarty, Jay Underwood, Josh Smith, and the other Venus High School graduates who have returned to VISD to apply their talents and make a difference in the lives of Venus Bulldogs. Their choice to come home to teach speaks greatly to their character and love for the Venus community.
The Technology Department always takes great care of me and everyone else that needs them. All it takes is saying help, and they are there ready to make problems disappear.
Connie Walker has done more for Venus ISD and the community as a whole than most people realize. In addition to making a positive impact on Mrs. Grubbs daughter as her English teacher, Mrs. Walker’s passion for Venus ISD is a big reason why the district still exists today. She got out and marched when the district was at risk of losing its accreditation years ago, helped to rebuild the soul of the community after the old school building burned, and has poured herself into every child that has walked the halls of Venus High School for many years.
As someone with a unique perspective on where the community of Venus has been, how it has changed, and what it has become, where would you like to see Venus in the future?
Mrs. Grubbs says that it would be a shame for the community to stand still. We have experienced growth and change and there’s no reason to stop now. It would be great to see new business come in and add life to the city, and provide an opportunity for people to live and work in this great community. She also doesn’t want Venus to lose the family feeling and strong bonds throughout the community. People are moving in, we need to continue to embrace newcomers and give them a reason to keep calling Venus home.
It goes without saying that Venus ISD is fortunate to have a person like Mrs. Jonann Grubbs making a positive impact on our students and staff members for so long. We are excited about the difference that she is making in the lives of Venus ISD students on a daily basis and look forward to what the future brings for her.