B.S. in Elementary Education, Bridgewater State College
M. Ed., Rhode Island College
Post Graduate Work, Boston College
Miss Beard was born on April 4, 1964 and has one younger brother Eric, who is also a middle school teacher. She attended and graduated from Bridgewater State College with a degree in elementary education in 1987. After college, she taught at BCA for eight years. In 1995, Miss Beard received her Masters Degree in Education with a focus on Language Arts from Rhode Island College. She continued her education doing post-graduate work at Boston College from 1995 – 1996. In 1996 she taught grades 3-6 together at Aquidneck Island Christian Academy. Miss Beard then went on to become the Middle School Principal and Bible teacher for West Bay Christian Academy. During this time (1995 – 2000) Miss Beard also worked at Camp Berea and really enjoyed meeting and working with the teens who attended. In 2001, Miss Beard was missing full-time classroom teaching and prayed that she might return to the classroom full time and teach Bible at a Middle School grade level. The very next day, she learned of an opening at BCA, and she quickly jumped at the chance to return. The next year she returned to teach Bible to the middle school students at BCA and considers it to be “the best job in the world!!”
What Miss Beard wants all of her students to know and always remember: God loves us more than we can imagine, and nothing we do can change His enormous, unimaginable love. All He asks of us is to simply believe, believe in His love and that He is the Way–the only Way. And even if just one person believed, He would have died for just that one. And finally, God uses people, regular people who mess up and need forgiveness but with lives that He has amazing plans for–if we just believe.
Miss Beard’s favorite Bible verses:
Deuteronomy 14:2b “Out of all the people on the face of the earth, the Lord has chosen you to be His treasured possession.”
Ephesians 3:17-19 “I pray that you being rooted and established in love may have power together with all the saints to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge that you may be filled to all the measure of the fullness of God.”