Memorial for a Mentor
31st, 2001, Stone's Science Research Team unexpectedly lost one
of its finest members- Mr. Jay Beehler.
September of this year, after a successful year-long battle with
lung cancer, Mr. Beehler looked great and seemed his regular self.
He had pretty much resumed his regular routine of substituting two
to three times a week and working with the science research students
on their backboards.
the Winter Break, he had enjoyed a quiet restful time with his wife
Barb. On December 30th, he complained of feeling weak and was admitted
to the hospital for observation. The following day (New Years Eve)
he passed away due to a heart attack.
Who was Jay Beehler?
Tree and Plaque for Mr. Jay Beehler
Jay and Barbara Beehler
were business people that had a long affair with education. Barb
was a former teacher, and Jay had served on school boards in Indiana
before coming to Florida.
closed a breakfast/lunch restaurant venture across from Paradise
Beach in Melbourne, they enjoyed their semi-retirement, substituting
occasionally for teachers at Hoover and Stone Junior High.
substitutes are very difficult to find," states former Honors
Biology teacher, Gordon Shupe. "Substituting is one of the
hardest jobs that there is in education, and when a teacher is out,
it is very difficult to find someone who can implement lesson plans
and manage student behavior."
Barb became favorites of the administration and teaching staff at
Stone and Hoover, because they were very effective- acting as educators,
not just baby-sitters."
developed close relationships with the Science Department Chairman
at Stone, Rich Regan and his wife Karen Regan (Gifted Science Instructor).
He was always first on the list of requested subs for their classes.
Beehler Becomes a Full-time Teacher...
When Mrs. Regan
became pregnant, Mr. Beehler was the first one they turned to, hoping
that he would finish Mrs. Regan's last two months of teaching her
gifted science students. He agreed to do this and also became the
fourth Science Research Sponsor- a position that he had already
begun to earn as a regular substitute and after school volunteer.
year, the two of them shared that science position, each teaching
half time. It was a unique situation that worked well for both of
them. And from that point on, Mr. Beehler was a full member of the
science research sponsors team, with preparing the student's backboards
has his primary responsibility.
Principal Tim Cool addresses attendees of the memorial
Seated at the left: Mrs. Karen Regan, Mrs. Barbara Beehler, and Mr. Richard
Mr. Rich Regan opens the tree dedication and memorial service.
Memorial Plaque created by former student
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