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Teacher of the Year

2019 Teacher of the Year
Mr. Doug Beals

Photo of Doug Beals, the Teacher of the Year. He is holding a plaque with his photo on it. When Superintendent Billy Smith notified our recipient that he had been chosen for the Teacher of the Year award, there was a moment of silence…followed by, “You’ve got to be kidding me, right?” Mr. Smith assured him that he wasn’t kidding. Once the shock had subsided, he went on to tell Mr. Smith that he decided to get into education for one reason: to make a difference in the lives of students. Mr. Smith assured him, based on all of the nominations, that he is definitely making a difference.

His peers had some wonderful comments to share about him, and we would like to take a moment to share a few of them.

“He is a genuine person and has a heart of gold. He puts energy into knowing every student and what makes them tick. Our students love going to his class, and the majority of them will tell you that it is their favorite. He takes the time to talk to students that may just need a break. He asks people how their day is going. He is the first to lend a helping hand, and our school family wouldn’t be the same without him.”

Another colleague has this to share:

“He is the perfect candidate for the teacher of the year. He goes above and beyond in all aspects of his job. He has been known for taking multiple classes during testing to assure students are able to have smaller testing groups. He also volunteers to take struggling students and takes the time to build relationships with them. One student was having an especially difficult time, and he took this child under his wing and gave him a special job every morning. His first priority is the students and what is best for them.”

Another colleague wrote, “He goes above and beyond for students and staff members. He is always willing to help with difficult students and has a mild manner about him that puts students at ease if they have been upset. He has been known to attend many after school events because he likes to be involved in our school community. He is an upstanding teacher and an all around great guy. It is an honor to teach with him.”

Our recipient’s principal was overjoyed when I shared the news about our recipient. She had this to say about him:

“He is the finest example of teaching with “heart”. Just being around him, you can tell that this is more than a job for him, this is a calling. He does some things…not because it is a duty that has been assigned. He does it to spend extra time with the kids. He mentors and serves as a father figure to many students in our building. His work ethic is second to none. He is the type of educator that every principal wishes they had on staff. He goes above and beyond because he wants to, not because he has to! He has made a difference to all that have the privilege to be around him each day. Whether greeting students out front as they come to school, being an excellent example of selflessness, dedication, hard work and caring within the building, or volunteering after school, he is our man!”

We congratulate this year’s “Teacher of the Year,” Mr. Doug Beals