Shimer College

Janet Henthorn

Greetings from the Financial Aid Office at Shimer College!

It has been a long journey for me to find this special place called Shimer College. After graduating from Northern Illinois University with a degree in Elementary Education, I worked as a first grade teacher for two years. I then went on to work in a dentist’s office, various insurance agencies and at Sears selling shoes. During this time, my family, which includes my husband and my two young daughters, moved from Illinois to Wisconsin.

After about a year in Wisconsin, I found Shimer and it found me. I have worked for the college for over 15 years. I started my career here working as the Business Office Manager and then moved into the Financial Aid Director position.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, playing board games, gardening, and enjoying the many museums, zoos and gardens that Chicago and Southern Wisconsin have to offer. Shimer College is truly my second family. 

Searching for the right college is an exciting time for students and their families. Please remember that I am here to help you with that process!


Director of Financial Aid