Hello, my name is Dana Beck. This is my 29th year of teaching. Before coming to Willard South, I taught kindergarten students at Niangua and Marshfield's Hubble Elementary schools. When I began my teaching career at Willard South Elementary, I also taught kindergarten. However, this will be the eleventh year I have taught first grade. I just love teaching first graders.
I am married to an amazing, but busy man. My husband, Chris, is a college professor. He is also a magician who has been known to come to school to help my classes celebrate when receiving 100 tokens for super class and personal behavior. My talented husband was named Magician of the Year for 2015 for the International Brotherhood of Magicians Ring #325 (the Branson, MO ring.)
Thirteen years ago my husband and I were blessed when our son, Lincoln, was born. At six months of age, we realized that Lincoln wasn't meeting certain developmental milestones. That is when we learned that Lincoln had a genetic brain disease. We were blessed to have Lincoln in our home for 3 wonderful years before he passed away. (You may notice that I wear a penny bracelet and earrings. I do that in memory of our son because when he was alive, I told people when they saw a penny to pray for Lincoln.)
While we miss Lincoln greatly, Chris and I stay busy spending time with family and friends.