Meet Jayme Bevington
New Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School English
teacher couldn’t see herself doing anything else. She said she loves
to read, write and work with kids, so becoming an English teacher
was just a natural progression.
With five years of experience teaching English
in Fonda-Fultonville, Mrs. Bevington (some kids still call her Ms.
Velez because she recently got married) says teaching is rewarding
“in so many ways” and she’s looking forward to working with students
in Fort Plain.
A native of Fonda, Mrs. Bevington earned her
bachelor’s degree English from Albany and her master’s degree from
the College of St. Rose. She said her love of kids inspired her to
become a teacher.
“It’s rewarding in so many ways. I love seeing
something click for a student who doesn’t like reading and just
seeing a student progress, even if it’s small,” she said. “It’s nice
to help open new doors for people.”
Mrs. Bevington says she likes a “fast-paced”
teaching style and likes to pull in as much as she can from the
outside world, meaning, it’s not just about making her students
read, but she wants to show them how the material applies to the
“I want them to see what they learn is not
useless and how they can use something in the real world,” she said.
One project she said she’s particularly
looking forward to this year is “Project Do Something,” where she
instructs her students to write a research paper on an issue
affecting the local community and how to solve it. During the
project, students research how the issue affects the United State
and a third-world country.
Mrs. Bevington says she hopes to do the
project with her freshman students, but she can’t wait to teach and
influence all her students.
“There is just something about the rural
environment,” she said. “I love it and I think I can bring a lot to
it. And I love that the kids are so open to the possibilities.”
Favorite book: To Kill a Mockingbird.
Favorite musician: Eddie Vedder
Favorite cafeteria food: Italian
Favorite movie: Inception
Favorite place to travel: Africa