'I’m grateful I had you as a teacher'

Cary Ashby • May 18, 2019 at 2:00 PM

Jeanette Beabout, who is retiring after 31 years with Norwalk City Schools, was honored by many of her former students during the school board meeting Tuesday.

Beabout most recently taught fourth grade at League Elementary. She started in Norwalk at Maplehurst Elementary, where she taught fourth grade for eight years. Then Beaubout educated gifted students in second through sixth grade for 18 years.

“She is very good with young students,” said Adam Kreischer, League principal. “We’re going to really, really miss Jeanette.”

Kreischer said it’s common for him to Beabout’s car in the school parking lot about 6 p.m.

Three of her former students — Alyssa Gruhlke, Aubrey Kluding and Madison Hessemer — made a name acronym in her honor. The girls shared their creation during the school board meeting.

The trio based their acronym on “Mrs. Beabout,” which stands for magnificent, responsible, smart, beautiful, excellent, amazing, brilliant, outgoing, unique and thankful.

Other young students also paid tribute to her. They thanked Beabout for her sense of humor, pushing them to improve, challenging them and “introducing them to new books and new worlds.”

Norwalk High School senior Anna Little recalled doing “Marble Runs” in Beabout’s class. The teenager said her teacher was involved in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) projects long “before there was a big push for it.”

Little credited Beabout for introducing her to a love of learning languages and speaking to other people in their native tongues.

“You pushed me out of my comfort zone,” said Little, who became slightly choked up and then wondered aloud why she was crying.

“I wouldn’t be where I am if not for teachers who pushed me,” added the daughter of Jeff and Amy. “I’m grateful I had you as a teacher.”

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