Mrs. Lynn Beach, business teacher at Baker High School, was surprised when she was selected Young Outstanding Business Educator for the State of Montana at the Montana Educators’ Association Convention Oct. 15-16 in Billings.
By Sherry Vogel
After graduating college, Beach was employed as a financial analyst and an auditor in Washington State. She grew tired of sitting behind a desk and decided to go back to college to become an educator. She returned to Baker to conduct her student teaching under the guidance of business instructor Scott Anderson. Upon completion, she was hired to co-teach with Anderson as he took on additional responsibilities for the district. Co-workers Beach and Anderson teach high school business classes and computer classes at the middle school.
Over the past four years, Beach has implemented a diverse curriculum to teach her students some real life business savvy. She has utilized a stock market game which teaches the student how to invest in the stock market. She also introduced the Montana Business Challenge to her students. They set up their own simulated businesses. Then students may choose to compete against other Montana students with similar student businesses. Top winners are awarded college scholarships. Beach with her mentor Anderson has also started an extracurricular activity for students called Business Professionals of America Club.
Mrs. Beach perfects her agricultural business skills as she and her husband Connor, are engaged in ranching south of Baker.