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Published: Wednesday, 4/6/2005

Student of the Week: Jonathan Beck

Jonathan Andrew Beck has been a valued member of Southview's mathematics department for the past four years teaching algebra and pre-calculus. Prior to pursuing his passion for teaching, he attended law school at Ohio Northern University and practiced law for three years in Lima, Ohio.

Andy Beck died Jan. 29 after a courageous two-year battle with non-Hodgkins's lymphoma. He battled his illness with great courage, optimism and dignity.

He was a course of inspiration to the many students that had him as a teacher, his colleagues and the Southview community. As a math teacher and coach, Andy had a profound impact on hundreds of Southview students and staff who respected him for his caring and supportive attitude, accessibility to others and great commitment to helping his students and colleagues succeed.

"Andy had a great rapport with students and conveyed a genuine caring about their personal well-being along with their academic success," said principal Jeff Kurtz.

-The teacher of the month accolades are compiled by the Lucas County Educational Service Center for The Blade.

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