Teacher Appreciation Spotlight: Beth Beller

Beth Beller

Beth Beller is an exceptional teacher, and happens to be my mom! She has been teaching since I was little, and has found her place in the classroom teaching the special education students at our Alma Mater!

What grades and/or classes do you teach?
High school 9-12, students with disabilities 

How long have you been teaching?

Since 1997

What other grades/subjects have you taught, if any?

Kindergarten, 4th

Why teaching? What or who inspired you to be a teacher?

Summers off to be with my kids, holidays. My high school teachers Mr. Werst and  Mrs. Virginia Branson are the teachers that inspired me.

Was teaching your first choice in career? If not, what else did you consider?

I wanted to be a vet for a long time. I worked at a vets office and that is when I realized I did not want to do that.

Have you thought about changing careers since becoming a teacher?

Yes, I have a home based business now that I am growing so I can become my own boss.

What was your college major and how has it helped in your teaching career?

Elem. Ed and ESE – it was in education so they were somewhat helpful. Being IN the room is what really helped….reality

What is your favorite part about being a teacher?

When you have student love being in your class and learning.

What is your least favorite?

Meetings and standardized tests.

What are the biggest challenges you face as a teacher?

Being in ESE, I have students that have seizures during the day (VERY difficult to watch) and students that can be volatile.  I have been attacked more times than I care to count. 

What are your goals for your students?

To learn the life skills that they need to be successful once out of school….do laundry, cook, read a menu, etc.

What do you want your students to remember about you as a teacher?

That I cared and I treated them like every other person I come across.

How do you spend your school breaks?

Traveling and visiting my grandbabies!

Give your best advice for someone who may be thinking about a career in teaching.

If you cannot be patient and flexible, teaching is not for you.

Any fun or favorite story you want to share?

I had a student in 4th grade that I adored. Several years later, I ran into her parents and her at the store and she came up and hugged me. She rarely talks and has downs syndrome. Her mom told me that she still had my picture on her bedpost and every night would blow me a kiss and say “night Beller”. That made my day that I made an impact on her for the year she was in my room. 

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