SPRINGVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER
SELECTED TO NATIONAL TEACHERS HALL OF FAME
Emporia, KS – The National Teachers Hall of Fame has selected Springville (NY) Middle School eighth grade Social Studies teacher Andrew Beiter as one of its five inductees into this year’s class of 2020.
Teachers selected for the Hall of Fame each year must have a minimum of 20 years of full-time teaching in preK-12 classrooms and have submitted a rigorous nomination packet and video. A national selection committee, with representatives from education organizations and corporate partners, met to select the inductees in late February.
Among his many accomplishments, Beiter is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Academy for Human Rights, (www.academyforhumanrights.org) as well as co-founder and Board President of the Educators’ Institute for Human Rights, (www.eihr.org), two nonprofits devoted to training teachers and students on the importance of Holocaust and human rights education around the world.
Beiter is a strong believer that teachers must ensure their students learn know about the patterns of history so they can better understand when there is a fault and they need to take a stand. For many years, invited a holocaust survivor to speak to his students
“As 8th graders, they need to be aware of the horrors of the Holocaust, and more importantly, the causes and why it happened,” Beiter said. “Genocide is one of those things that’s called ‘an enduring issue.’ It can happen again in our time, so students really need to understand its warning signs so we can stop such atrocities in their infancies.”
The Buffalo native has been with the Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District since 1999. Prior to that, Beiter was in the Panama School District, as well St. Bonaventure School in West Seneca. His career in education has focused on civic engagement to make the world a better place.
Shanda DuClon, Springville Middle School Principal, describes Beiter as worthy of being recognized as a Hall of Famer: “I’m truly grateful for the impact Andrew has had on our school and students. He has successfully led several school-wide lessons where tolerance is the topic. He is an advocate for our students, and through his support, Andrew has created a safe environment where students can truly be themselves without judgment.”
He was nominated for consideration by Megan Felt of the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes, who wrote: “Drew Beiter is one of America’s most innovative teachers who has accomplished on the national and international scale like few educators. His impact reaches beyond the boundaries of his classroom to include educators and students around the world. His colleagues and students speak of his love and passion for teaching.”
Beiter, who finished his 25th year in the classroom this spring, received his BA in Political Philosophy from Michigan State University in 1987 and his MS in Education from State University of New York, Fredonia in 1998. He was selected in 2008 as a National Teacher Fellow for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and in 2010 as a National Teacher Fellow for the Lowell Milken Center. Most recently, he was a presenter at the United Nations Conference for Welcoming Refugees in Athens, Greece, in 2017, and he was asked to be a panel participant on best practices in Holocaust Education at the 75th Anniversary Commemoration Event of the Liberation of Auschwitz, in Krakow, Poland, this past January. He is active in NYSUT (New York State United Teachers) and National Council for the Social Studies.
Beiter’s professional philosophy is simple: “What teachers do matters and can save lives. With a generation that has the highest rates of depression in recent history, our students should walk away feeling that their classroom is their sanctuary, with the teacher’s presence being a comfort to them for the rest of their lives.”
The National Teachers Hall of Fame, located in Emporia, Kansas, will be officially inducting the Class of 2020 on June 18, 2021 when the five recognized teachers will meet in Emporia for professional development and a celebration of teaching. Beiter will meet his four other “classmates” next April when the National Education Association will honor them at a special reception at their headquarters in Washington DC. The five educators will also be featured presenters at the Education Summit at Disney World in June 2021, sponsored by Pegasus Springs Education Collective. Surprise announcements have normally been held in the spring at the five inductees’ schools with all-school assemblies or special meetings. The College Football Playoff Foundation co-hosted the announcement on Monday and donated $1,000 for each inductee for much needed resources.
About the National Teachers Hall of Fame
The National Teachers Hall of Fame (NTHF), located in Emporia, Kansas, was founded in 1989 by Emporia State University, the ESU Alumni Association, the City of Emporia, USD 253, and the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce as a tribute to our nation’s most important profession: Teaching.
The NTHF is committed to drawing the public’s attention to exceptional PreK-12 teachers through a museum, teacher resource center, and recognition program which honors five of the nation’s most outstanding PreK-12 educators each year. It is the only facility of its kind dedicated to preserving and promoting education, and to serving our country by inspiring others to enter the teaching profession and it has been endorsed by practically every national education organization.
About the College Football Playoff Foundation and Extra Yard for Teachers
The CFP Foundation is the community investment arm of the College Football Playoff, supporting education across the country. The CFP Foundation’s primary cause platform, Extra Yard for Teachers, is dedicated to elevating the teaching profession by inspiring and empowering teachers in four focus areas: resources, recognition, recruitment and professional development. The CFP Foundation utilizes multiple partnerships to execute its initiatives and support positive educational outcomes. To learn more, visit cfp-foundation.org and follow Extra Yard for Teachers (@CFPExtraYard) on social media.