My name is Nick Beckman after spending the past 11 years teaching fifth grade at Wheatland Elementary I have made the move to PE. 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 seventeen 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 12th year of school counseling for the Circle School District and 11th 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 in 4th grade this year and loves being with friends, swimming, playing softball, reading, and science! On April 8, 2013, our world changed forever again, our little Ivy Jo was born! She is in 2nd grade and is our quiet one, she likes to sit back and soak it all in as opposed to being in the spotlight! She enjoys being with friends, swimming, and playing soccer. On January 7, 2016 we welcomed our third beautiful daughter, Finley Reese, into this world! She brings us such joy, she loves watching Polly Pocket and being a “helper” with all sorts of projects. 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 a few years ago 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 plan on utilizing the things in the gym that I feel made me a successful teacher in the regular classroom. I feel like this move allows me to make an impact on all of the Wheatland Warriors! So excited to have fun with all the Warriors this school year!