Jaynes ends 31 years at CCC&TI

Aug. 30, 2014 @ 04:22 PM

When Beverly Jaynes first came to Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute in 1983, she taught classes in a Broyhill Furniture factory.

Teaching Adult Basic Education and GED classes, Jaynes would meet with her students in the cafeteria of the factory and teach over the noise of shift changes and employees eating on their breaks. She brought her supplies in a box or a laundry basket that she carried in the trunk of her car. Her students would range from those who were studying to take their GED to those who could not read.

“It was a three-ring circus, but it was fun,” Jaynes said. “It was a challenge because students came to you after they’d worked all day. They’re already tired. . . . For them to give you two hours of their day is such a measure of trust in what you can do with them. You really have to be right on the money as far as what you’re doing.”

Jaynes also taught classes at churches and the Lenoir Mall. From starting as part-time instructor, Jaynes moved through the college as a full-time instructor, a coordinator for different departments, department chair of basic skills, which became the College and Career Readiness Division. Jaynes said she has served as department chair for 10 years.

Jayne’s favorite aspect of the job centered on the students. She loved each moment and story dealing with every individual, from those who flew through the school on their way to jobs or universities to the ones who stuck around awhile.

"Every day's a diffrent day. It's certainly not the same thing," Jaynes said. "The only thing that's consistent is like signing your name like 500 times a week."

At her recent retirement celebration, Jaynes was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine for her 40 years of service (she started as a teacher in the public schools in 1974 before coming to CCC&TI). The award is one of the highest honors the governor can bestow on a North Carolina citizen.

With her retirement, Jaynes plans to relax. She wants to focus more on her hobbies, including reading, gardening, needlepoint and spending time in Caldwell County as well as her home in Virginia. Kim Hinton replaces Jaynes this week. Jaynes' last day was Friday.

“I’ve been working for 40 years. I think that’s plenty of time,” Jaynes said. “You kind of know when it’s time. It’s been a great run.”