2019 Teacher of the Year:
Throughout his 34 years in public education, Marc Beitia has always believed that any curriculum taught in his program serves as a tool to shape the future of our society and world. He continually strives to provide a program of instruction for his students that enhances their involvement and achievement in his classroom, laboratory and Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter. Through a cooperative partnership with local businesses, students graduate from the program ready for post-secondary education or to enter the workforce. Through these enhanced opportunities students become active learners and FFA members. His students develop the characteristics of responsibility, communication and leadership that allow them to succeed in their education and, through the process, become contributing citizens in society.
Beitia believes that being the right example is as important as being a model teacher. It is through his efforts as a teacher and small-town mayor, with a lifelong desire to serve others, that he changes futures one student at a time. In a school district that is 50% Hispanic, 10% Native American and 70% socially economically disadvantaged, many students lack basic life skills, English language proficiency and literacy, role models, and even the means to basic necessities. Through the continued support of farmers and businesses within the community, no student in his program has to worry about the means or availability of opportunities to build a better life. Beitia promises each student that the opportunity to build a fulfilling and successful future is limited only by his or her own efforts.
Beitia teaches agriculture science and natural resources to 9th-12th graders at American Falls High School in American Falls, Idaho. He holds Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Agricultural Education from the University of Idaho.