Joining the staff at St. Peter’s School has been a homecoming of sorts for new music teacher Jaynee Bramel.
The 28-year-old Upper Sandusky resident was a student at St. Peter’s School from 1990-96, when she was in kindergarten through sixth grades.
“I thought it would be a little awkward (returning to St. Peter’s), but it wasn’t,” Bramel said. “… The atmosphere is still the same, but it’s different technology-wise and updated standards.”
Bramel joined the St. Peter’s School staff in August. She takes over for Kelly Eikenbary, who taught music classes at the school for 19 years.
“Mrs. Bramel is a godsend to us,” St. Peter’s School Principal Kathy White said. “She was a student here (at St. Peter’s School), lives here in Upper (Sandusky) and all of her references raved about her expertise and wonderful rapport with the children. We will miss Mrs. Eikenbary and wish her well, but Mrs. Bramel is fitting in at St. Peter’s like a hand in a glove.”
Bramel teaches music to the 130 St. Peter’s School students in the same room she took music classes in as a child.
“I still remember the songs that we used to sing when I was a kid and we still sing some of those same songs,” she said. “It’s like a trip down memory lane.
“I enjoy the kids’ enthusiasm the most,” Bramel added. “Most of them really love music and they really sing out and they are very enthusiastic.”
Bramel is a lifelong Upper Sandusky resident. She is a 2002 graduate of Upper Sandusky High School and a 2006 graduate of Heidelberg University, where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree.
Bramel taught music at Our Lady of Consolation School in Carey during the 2010-11 school year. She took a year off from teaching after the birth of her now 12-month-old twins, Wesley and Evelyn. Bramel and her husband, Devin, have been married for five years.
Prior to working at OLC, Bramel taught music in Continental Local School District in Putnam County from 2006-09.
“I love working with the students,” Bramel said. “I get to share my own love of music with them and hopefully instill a love of music into them too.
“My biggest goal is to instill a love and appreciation of music (in the students) so that they’ll be either participants for the rest of their lives or at least informed listeners — whatever they decide to do,” she added.
Music has been a lifelong passion for Bramel. She began taking piano lesson when she was 4 years old. She started singing in the choir and playing in a school band while attending middle school.
By CHANDA NEELY