Author: Jenna Jeffrey
Published: Monday, 17 May 2021
Junior Achievement and MEMIC recognize educators as role models and mentors who help empower, motivate, and prepare students to envision their future and ignite a passion for continuous learning. The "Extraordinary Educators" campaign will take a closer look at Maine educators, their stories, their commitment to serving Maine’s youth, and the impact they have on their students.
Take a look at our Q&A with Skip Bessey, JMG Specialist from Messalonskee High School!
What made you want to become a teacher?
As an US Army recruiter I enjoyed working with young people and their families and helping them navigate their future. I thought teaching would be a great job to continue that endeavor after retiring.
Do you have a favorite memory as a teacher?
I have several great memories as a teacher but the one that stands out the most was being chosen by the SR class to be the guest speaker at their final assembly before graduation in my first year of teaching.
Why do you choose to bring JA to your students?
JA's mindset seems to be in line with JMG in a lot of ways. JA meets students where they are and helps them navigate some of the things that they will tackle during and after school. The benefits are everlasting.
Do you have a favorite JA moment in your classroom?
I have to say last year's Titan challenge was by far the best time I've had with JA. The students were engaged and had a great time. Jill Jamison does a great job and can't thank her and JA enough.
What do you hope your students take away from their time with you?
My hope is that something sticks! I spend lots of time going over leadership and career development and the skills that they will need to be successful. Hopefully at least one will remember Mr. Bessey when they become rich and famous!
Thank you Skip for all you do for Maine students!
Follow the Extraordinary Educators campaign on JA's social media platforms as we highlight Maine educators, their stories, their commitment to serving Maine’s youth, and the impact they have on their students.