FFA's November meeting was a barn party, held on November 19th. Faith Burkholder (grade 12), the club’s president, explained that FFA is preparing for the “Fall Regional CDE competition with many events [and] the annual FFA float in the Elizabethtown Holiday Parade, [as well as] touching up our display board, [which] was exhibited at the E-town fair (2nd place) [for] the PA Farm Show.” FFA, according to Burkholder, is about being a leader and learning about agriculture while serving the community. Students interested in joining should contact Faith Burkholder, Mark Anderson, or Stephen Geib.
By: Emma Creason
“Hands-on is definitely my cup of tea.” So says Mr. Beiler, the new assistant principal at Elizabethtown Area High School. When it comes to being handy, he certainly has a record to prove it.
Prior to being at Etown, Mr. Beiler was a Technology Education teacher at Derry Township and Palmyra Middle School and High School. He taught everything from working in the wood shop to building electric guitars. He has also remodeled his home and is an experienced fixer-upper. He says, “I’m one of those people; I can take something apart, let it lay for a month or two, come back and put it back together and get it back together correctly.” His office is decorated with woodwork and a wooden electric guitar that he made himself.
Mr. Beiler has a bachelor’s in Technology Education from Millersville, as well as two master’s degrees: one in Stem Education and one in Emergency Management. He also has his principal’s certification. He has been a volunteer firefighter since he was 18.
On a more personal note, Mr. Beiler enjoys watching baseball, football, and a history channel show called The Curse of Oak Island. He is a Phillies and Eagles fan.
If he weren’t a teacher, Mr. Beiler says he would be a chemical or civil engineer. He not only enjoys chemistry, physics, and calculus, but is good at them. However, he is very glad to be working with students in administration. He says, “One of the reasons I wanted to be an assistant principal is, as a tech ed teacher I see like a quarter of the school, if that, in a year. Whereas as an assistant principal, [I] have the ability to help more students. I love working with students, love working with kids and helping them realize their potential and be successful beyond college.”
Having worked in masonry restoration every summer since being a teacher, Mr. Beiler understands the options beyond college. He says, “I’ve worked in industry; I understand how industry works—and you don’t have to go to college to be successful.”
When asked about his goals as an assistant principal, Mr. Beiler said, “One of my passions is making sure that we prepare students for after high school: life skills and employable skills.”
By: Carissa Horst