National Teacher of the Year

1980 National Teacher of the Year

NameBeverly J. Bimes-Michalak

School Information

School Address
Hazelwood East High SchoolSt. Louis, MO
Teaching AreaEnglish

Washington, D.C. - President Jimmy Carter, at a White House ceremony today, named Beverly J. Bimes, a senior high school English teacher at Hazelwood East High School, St. Louis, Missouri, as the 1980 National Teacher of the Year.

Ms. Bimes, who has been teaching for 12 years, believes that a good basic education should include the teaching of values. "Somehow we have got to turn out a person who is more responsible to society. It's true that children learn the ethics of behavior from their parents and other adults, but teachers can lead these children to a higher level of thought about moral issues." She was chosen from some 140,000 teachers in the annual awards program sponsored by the Encyclopaedia Britannica Companies, Council of Chief State School Officers, and Good Housekeeping magazine.

Ms. Bimes, mother of three children, is an avid jogger and is known to begin her day with a three mile run to her high school. Her husband, James, is a social studies consultant for the Hazelwood school system.

The Teacher of the Year Program, now in its 29th year, focuses public attention on excellence in teaching. President Carter also appointed Ms. Bimes to the Commission on Presidential Scholars, which annually designates two high school seniors as Presidential Scholars from every state in the country. A symbolic crystal apple with an engraved citation was presented to Ms. Bimes by President Carter.

The other finalists in the program were Ms. Lucinda L. Hebbeler, a teacher of hearing-impaired adolescents at Woodland Junior High School, East Meadow, New York; Mr. Richard A. Nelson, an English teacher at East High School in Denver, Colorado; and Mrs. Emma M. Stevens, a kindergarten teacher at Westside Center in Valdosta, Georgia. The 1980 Teacher of the Year and finalists will be featured in the May issue of Good Housekeeping magazine, the 1980 Britannica Book of the Year, and on several television programs.

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