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Posted: May 14, 2013

Sandia Teacher Serenaded as He's Named Teacher of the Month

Tim Beck receives the final honor of the 2012-13 school year by Pepsi and the APS Education Foundation.

Watch as the Teacher of the Month is serenaded by a quartet from Duke City Sound.

Tim Beck said he was very humbled and surprised when he was named the final Pepsi/APS Education Foundation Teacher of the Month for the 2012-13 school year. "Those faculty members sure can keep a secret at Sandia! There are so many great teachers here who work incredibly hard at their craft," said Beck, who teaches AP U.S. government/economics and AP world history. Next fall, he also will be one of the teachers for the district's new International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme housed at Sandia.

Beck recently was serenaded by a quartet from Duke City Sound and congratulated by co-workers as he accepted the $100 check from Pepsi and the APS Education Foundation, which recognize APS teachers for their outstanding contribution to the classroom, school and community.

Beck has been teaching for five years. Before he became an educator, he worked as a buyer and vice president at Federated Department Stores, Macy's in New York City and May Company in Los Angeles.

"I came to Albuquerque as head of merchandising at American Furniture and then started my own business with my wife importing textiles from China, India and Pakistan," he said. "All my kids and my wife attended Sandia. While my older kids were here, they were on the golf team and I volunteered to help. I became head golf coach in 2002 and I really enjoyed teaching kids and most importantly watching them learn."

Beck liked teaching so much, he decided to make a career change. Not only does he work with students in the classroom, but he still coaches golf and is sponsor of the Key Club. He decided to donate his $100 check to the Key Club for one of its service projects.

"I love the 'a-ha' moments that my students have when I teach them and they learn and internalize the concept I am trying to convey," Beck said. "My passion and love is not watching me teach, but watching them learn. I fully understand that in 25 years, they might not remember the Phillips Curve, but they will have an understanding as to why we are in a recession and what government needs to do to help pull us out of it.  Or that they learned to try to stay out of debt as much as possible," Beck said.

"Watching them learn and learn how to learn is really my passion. It is a blast! Plus, at 57 they certainly keep me young!"




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