Burns High Teacher Earns County’s Top Honors

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The Wells Fargo Teacher of the Year for Cleveland County is Chad Beam of Burns High.  First nominated at the school-level by his peers, Mr. Beam underwent a rigorous selection process to earn the title of Teacher of the Year for Cleveland County.

Mr. Beam is said to be a passionate educator and pastor who is purposed to inspire. Initially labeled a dyslexic, colorblind, at-risk, poverty stricken statistic as a young boy, Mr. Beam has overcame great adversity.

 “I am two-time teacher of the year for Cleveland County because ALL things work together for the good of those who love God,” said Beam.

Beam believes his life is a testament that with the help of passionate, gritty adults who are willing to lead, even the lowest labeled students are destined for greatness.

“Chad Beam is a superb teacher and role model,” said Dr. Stephen Fisher, superintendent of Cleveland County Schools. “I am excited that he is our Teacher of the Year as he epitomizes what it means to be a Team CCSer.”

Mr. Beam received a monetary award from Wells Fargo as well as a glass apple handcrafted by N.C. artist Robert Levine. The Cleveland County YMCA “the Y” presented him with a year-long membership and the local He will also have the opportunity to attend the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, courtesy of Laughlin Furniture Outlet and the CCS Educational Foundation.

Greg Shull