Beahan gets well-deserved recognition for his efforts

There are a few people around this beautiful community of ours who generate a smile whenever their names are brought up in conversation. One of those names is Neil Beahan.

The principal at the Southern Delaware School of the Arts (SDSA) since 2009, Beahan was recently recognized by the Delaware Association of School Administrators as the Middle Level Principal of the Year for 2014.

“Neil’s extensive background as a music teacher made him uniquely qualified for the challenge of developing students’ artistic talents while also providing them with exemplary academic instruction,” said Indian River School District Superintendent Susan Bunting. “Hundreds of students have benefitted from his outstanding leadership. I congratulate Neil on this well-deserved honor. He has truly made the Indian River School District proud.”

He has made this entire community proud, and he has been doing that for decades now.

He originally began impacting the area’s youth in 1981, when he became a music instructor at Selbyville Middle School. In 2005, Beahan moved to SDSA, and took on an administrative role in 2007, becoming an assistant principal at Sussex Central High School. Beahan also coached the Indian River High School golf team for a while.

It is easy to sit back and look at his experiences and just imagine how many young people he has had an impact on over the years. And it seems to never get old for Beahan.

“I like my job,” he explained. “I’m lucky I got a staff that works very hard, kids that come off the bus smiling. And every day they give you a new challenge. I like that.”

Because he won this award, Beahan is now eligible for the National Principal of the Year Award, sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and MetLife.

We heartily congratulate Neil Beahan for his recognition, and wish him the best of luck for the national award.

But we thank him most for his selfless dedication to shaping the minds of young people in this community for 33 years, and for continuing to carry that zeal with him today. We are a better place because of people like Beahan.