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New Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Jessica Sefton

posted Apr 28, 2017, 7:32 AM by School Publications

Mrs. Sefton is the newest addition to the BCUSD as she will replacing Miss Stine at the start of the 2017-18 school year.  She recently has been in the building observing and assisting Miss Stine and told us she “really enjoyed it”.  She said she has been thinking heavily about her new position.  Mrs. Sefton also told us “I am super excited and anxious to start my new teaching position”.  We are also excited to welcome our new teacher.

Jessica Sefton grew up in Vandalia, but she has lived in Brownstown for the last ten years with her husband and two kids.  She has been married to her husband, Dustin, for almost ten years.  Dustin graduated from BHS in 1997.  Jessica has a daughter, Sydney, who is currently attending BES and a son, Grady.  She is 34 years old and enjoys “attending concerts (usually country music), hanging out with family and friends, camping, playing outside with my kids, and playing sports”.  In the past 11 years she has taught in a variety of positions at the Alternative Education Programs in Effingham and Vandalia.

Jessica went to college hoping to become an athletic trainer, but she decided to change her major halfway through her junior year.  Her original plan was to graduate with a teaching certificate and a degree in athletic training, but she realized quickly she had a passion for teaching.  Mrs. Sefton graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a degree in physical education instead and never looked back.  

Mrs. Sefton says her biggest motivation is her family, followed by her students.  She also gave some inspirational words to the seniors as they are starting a new part of their lives.  She said "Do what you are passionate about BUT don't be afraid to change your major/occupation in the process. It's okay to change your mind. I did and it was the best decision!".  At the moment, Mrs. Sefton is not sure what classes she will be teaching, but it is safe to say she is excited to join the Brownstown Community School District staff.

By Delaney Schulze


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