My name is Nick Beckman and this will be my eighth year teaching fifth grade at Wheatland Elementary. My first six years were spent teaching fourth grade at Ware Elementary on Fort Riley. I can’t believe how fast the time has gone; but I have been teaching for thirteen years already and have enjoyed almost every minute. I am looking forward to getting to know my new Wheatland Warriors!
My wife and I both graduated from Kansas State University and took our first teaching jobs close to Manhattan after school. My wife is originally from the Wichita area so we decided to move a little closer to her family. She is currently in her eighth year of school counseling for the Circle School District and seventh year at Circle Greenwich Elementary.
On February 20, 2011, our world changed forever. This was the day our Paisley Shae was born! She will be attending kindergarten this year and is beyond excited to start school! On April 8, 2013, our world changed forever again, our little Ivy Jo was born! She is Paisley’s shadow; whatever her big sister is doing you can be sure that Ivy is right behind her! On January 7, 2016 we welcomed our third beautiful daughter, Finley Reese, into this world! She is such a happy baby and has brought much joy to all of us. I am very blessed to have such a wonderful family!
Like I said earlier, I am a graduate of Kansas State University and still enjoy following their athletic teams. So, it has been a pretty fun last couple of years following their successful seasons. When I am not cheering on the ‘Cats I am usually playing with my girls, fishing, golfing, or doing projects around the yard and house in my free time. I also recently finished my Master’s program in Positive Coaching last summer from the University of Missouri. It dealt with how powerful positive thinking is, so I will really try to pass that on to my students this year!
I have very high expectations for my students because they can only be as good as they believe that they can be. Because of this I have a rule in my class that they are not allowed to say the word “can’t”. If you believe that you can do something you will. If you believe that you can’t, you won’t. I think this theory has worked in the past because I have seen all of my previous students show tremendous growth.
I hope to make the kids’ day fun as well as educational. If the kid wants to come to school they are going to want to do their best for you.