George Beyer

Bigfork, MT | Years Taught: 1958 – 1996

In 1978, George introduced one of the first psychology classes for high school students in the U.S. He jumps, moves, crawls, lies on the floor, barks, raps, sings, screams, runs around the room — whatever the lesson calls for, whatever will help his students learn. Sensing his concern, students confide both the tragedies and the successes of their lives. He has taken students to their first Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, abused students to welfare and given financial help in a crisis. When special education enrollments tripled at the school with no increase in staffing, Beyer encouraged students to become volunteer aides by giving extra credit. The students continued their relationships with the special education students because of the satisfaction they received from the experience.

Additional Recognition

  • 1997 • J.P. Getty Award
  • 1996 • Montana Teacher of the Year
  • 1995 • Milken Educator
  • 1993-95 • National Science Foundation
  • 1990 • Inspirational Teacher Award
  • 1965 • National Science Foundation