Becky Jeffers has called La Porte home nearly all her life, and if there’s one thing she’s learned about her community, it’s how committed everyone is to helping each other.
“I love how, in times of need or even times of happiness, the community pitches in and is there for one another,” Jeffers said. “Years ago our daughter was involved in an accident and the well wishes and encouragement from our church family, friends, and even strangers was overwhelming. I’m proud to raise my girls in a community where they can see people being there for one another.”
She and her husband, Dan, have two daughters – Audrey and Alaina.
“My biggest supporters are hands down my family,” Jeffers said. “They are there for me every step of the way, be it professionally or personally. They’re my glass half full.”
Jeffers has spent the last 17 years working in education. She’s served as a special education teacher to preschool students, and a school diagnostician. Currently, she is a special education administrator for the South La Porte County Special Education Cooperative within the La Porte Community School Corporation.
“I work with an amazing team of teachers and para-professionals who put the lives of so many children first on a daily basis,” she said. “Many of the children that we have in our schools come in with trauma, fears, or anxiety. Giving these children an environment where they cannot only learn but also feel safe and loved is one of the most important things any educator can do.”
Thanks to her mother, she knew from a young age that she wanted to pursue a career in education.
“My mother was a special education teacher, so growing up I often spent a lot of time in her classroom after school hours or on the weekends,” Jeffers said. “During my high school years, I participated in cadet teaching and also spent time volunteering in my mom’s class. It was then that I developed a love for working with children. I saw that all kids, regardless of their ability, had the right to the best education possible.”
Outside of work, Jeffers does service projects through Tri Kappa and the Door Village Church.
“Giving back encourages a culture of giving and ultimately strengthens a community,” she said. “It builds stronger relationships and a sense of pride in La Porte. Giving back can also teach you gratitude because oftentimes, no matter how tough we think we may have it, there is always someone out there who may have it a bit tougher.”
In her downtime, Jeffers is an avid reader and huge fan of Hallmark Christmas movies. Her favorite thing to do, however, is to spend time with her family.
“Our daughters participate in sports and music programs through school, and we also raise several animals for 4-H,” she said. “There is no place I’d rather be than on the sidelines cheering them on when they’re doing something that brings them so much joy.”