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Now and Then: Jennifer Veveiros
Posted 4/21/23

Phillips Magnet Elementary School fifth grade teacher Jennifer Veveiros is an NVUSD alumna and teacher of 22 years! She attended Northwood Elementary School for Kindergarten, NVLA for 1st-5th grade, Northwood, again, for 6th grade, Redwood Middle for 7th and 8th grade, and, finally, Vintage for high school. Sharing her love for teaching, she credits her teachers for inspiring her to join the profession, stating, “I was loved by my teachers like Mrs. Herdell and Mr. Roberts. They saw something special in me. That's when I knew I wanted to be a teacher.” 

Jennifer Veveiros NowAcademics and athletics played an important role in helping her determine her path in life. She participated on the Redwood Middle School basketball team with Mr. Soper and felt the team changed her life. She shared, “I was focused, got good grades, and was part of a community of girls who taught me about hard work and teamwork.” This only continued as she moved to high school. “At Vintage, I thrived academically and was part of the honor society, the environmental club, and the basketball and track teams. Again, teams and teachers saw something in me, and my senior year I won Crusher of the Year (1995) as well as two scholarships that paid for my first two years of college.”

Jennifer Veveiros ThenMrs. Veveiros credits these successes to hard work and also to the teachers she felt were always there for her, “even when life was chaotic or uncertain.” She pays all this kindness back to the community she loves. Over the last seven years, she has been the site director of the middle school summer program called Aim High. Aim High is a free five-week summer learning program for middle school students that provides them the time and space to try new things, make new friends, and build connections with inspiring teachers through a mix of project-based academics, outdoor and physical activities, and a fun and supportive community. Mrs. Veveiros is also bringing past students back to the program as teachers, sharing, “It is so amazing to see these kids grow up!”

Ms. Veveiros and her husband have two daughters, one who just graduated from the University of Oregon and another who has her early childhood certificate and looking to teach preschool! Ms. Veveiros also continues to learn by working towards her administrative credential.

Although we don’t know what the future holds, we do know that whatever is next for Mrs. Veveiros will be amazing and that she will be surrounded by a community that believes in her!