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Jayne J. Sheltra

Biddeford High School
High School English teacher
After growing up right here in Biddeford and graduating from BHS in 1981, I've been teaching in Biddeford ever since! I graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington in 1985 certified to be a regular or special education teacher. I earned my Master's degree in Literacy through the University of New England in 2011.
You might think that teaching is in my blood. The Stephen F. White gymnasium is named after my great-uncle. There is a scholarship in his name as well as one for my grandmother, Ruth W. Dearborn who was long-time English teacher here. If your grandparents went to the old Biddeford Junior High, they might remember my father, Peter W. Judge, who was a coach and physical education teacher there. There are many more of my relatives that have been involved in teaching in Biddeford and Saco through the years!
I never imagined that I would be teaching at the High School level. My first year teaching, I taught first grade. However, that April I got hit by a car while getting my mail. One of my administrators thought I should fill a position at the high school for the next year while I was still healing. I could never have chased little kids around while still on crutches that fall.  Surprise! I loved being at the high school and can't imagine being anywhere else!
In the last 30+ years, I've taught lots of classes and met many students. I have done summer school and adult education classes as well. It's really neat to now see the children of former students in my classes. 
Personally, I am married to great guy and we spend lots of time watching our two daughters as they participate in athletics and other extracurricular events. We enjoy our camp in all seasons, when you can find us kayaking, atv-ing, snowmobiling and fishing depending on the season! We have two Cairn Terriers that think they are in charge of everything. We now have a Golden Retriever puppy to just make things that much crazier! I love doing crafty things--like making jams and pretending I am a nature photographer!

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, August 3