The Indiana Department of Education named Harrison High School German teacher Amanda Beck as one of the Top 10 finalists for Indiana Teacher of the Year.
Beck has taught for 15 years and has a bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University and a master’s degree from Wesleyan University. Beyond the classroom, Beck chairs the school’s World Languages department, sponsors several student groups and coordinates German Quiz Bowl teams and a foreign exchange program.
Beck says she is shocked and honored to be named a finalist: “Every step of this process has been a chance to really reflect on my time in the profession and at Harrison. I am grateful to be in a school corporation that lets us teachers do what we do best and gives us the latitude to pursue professional opportunities for ourselves and meaningful experiences for students.”
Harrison senior Chloe McGuire says Frau Beck does a lot for students inside and outside the classroom. “She always makes sure her class is exciting and engaging,” says Chloe. “We learn vocab, grammar and conversation skills, all while laughing and having fun. Her class is structured in a way that keeps it low stress. I am glad she is being recognized for all that she does for her German students and for Harrison High School.”
Each year, the Indiana Teacher of the Year Program works to inspire, rejuvenate and celebrate the teaching profession by recognizing outstanding teachers from across the state. The 2023 Indiana Teacher of the Year will be named later this fall.