KEA Member Spotlight: Jim Beavin

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How many years have you taught at Sears?


How many years have you been an educator?


What are your degrees & endorsements?

B.S. of Zoology, M.Ed. of Teaching and Learning, M.A. of Educational Administration, Endorsements:  General Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physical Science, Learning Behavioral Specialist I

What is your current position?

8th Grade Advisor and Science Teacher

What is your favorite part about your position?

I enjoy helping students grow both as both learners and young adults navigating the challenges of adolescence.

What is your go-to afternoon pick-me-up?

Talking with the 8th Grade Team after lunch

What book is on your nightstand?

Prayer by Richard Foster

What is your favorite Sears tradition?

The 8th Grade Play

What are some Fun Facts about you?

I’ve run two Chicago Marathons (2001, 2004), I’m an avid Wisconsin Badgers fan (as an alumnus), and my father also taught middle school science (in Madison, WI).

What is something that makes Sears special?

Sears is a close-knit school community with a long history and rich traditions.