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David Ziskin

Superintendent of Schools

25 High Street

Fort Plain, NY 13339




Jr./Sr. High School News

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. Mrs. Bevingon

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 outside world.

“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.”

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