George Arnold Beyer

Bigfork, Montana
Total years as classroom teacher: 38

In 1978, George Beyer introduced one of the first psychology classes
for high school students in the U.S.  He jumps, moves, crawls, lies
on the floor, barks, raps, sings, screams, runs around the room —
whatever the lesson calls for, whatever will help his students
learn.  Sensing his concern, students confide both the tragedies
and the successes of their lives. He has taken students to their first
Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, abused students to welfare and given
financial help in a crisis.  When special education enrollments
tripled at the school with no increase in staffing, Beyer encouraged
students to become volunteer aides by giving extra credit. The students
continued their relationships with the special education students
because of the satisfaction they received from the experience.

“He gave us the grace of his moral instruction; through his own
behavior toward us, he taught us to respect ourselves and our
classmates; through his curiosity about human psychology, he showed us
that difference between individuals are a source of infinite awe.” 
— Melanie Rae Thon, a former student, now an Associate Professor of
English at Ohio State University


Graduate work at various institutions including Texas A&M and Claremont Graduate School

1957 University of California-Los Angeles, Bachelor of Arts

Teaching Experience

1994-96 Kalispell Schools, social science department chair

1961-96 Kalispell Schools, high school

1961-62 Kalispell Schools, 6th grade

1958-61 Anaheim Schools, 4th grade

Special Recognition


J.P. Getty Award


Montana Teacher of the Year


Milken Educator


National Science Foundation


Inspirational Teacher Award


National Science Foundation