Teaching with a Passion


Erin Williams

Beth Myers is also teacher for Tattler, the school yearbook. She’s responsible for providing photos for the yearbook along with other things like the organization and captioning.

While subbing for LCSC, Beth Myers realized her passion for teaching. This caused the young Myers to go back to school and get her teaching certificate at IUPUI. From there on, Myers’s life changed forever.

“I don’t know what I would have done in the last 27 years had I not been a teacher,” Myers said. “It’s impacted everything in my life. From my outlook to just my day-to-day.”

Being a teacher is a learning experience. Myers has to be prepared for anything due to the wide array of people she has to work with.

My community isn’t just Logansport, it goes beyond that.

— Beth Myers

“I’ve learned a lot of things while teaching,” Myers said. “Patience is a big one. If you don’t have patience, then you won’t last very long. I’ve had to develop a thick skin because of working with such a wide variety of people. Not just students but parents, coworkers, bosses, just many people in general. You can’t take stuff too seriously. There are things that can be said that aren’t nice.”

Myers’s teaching style differs from some teachers. She wants her students to be interacting with the material learned from her class.

“I lead by example,” Myers said. “I don’t do period-long lectures like other teachers. Here’s the big picture. Here’s how you get to it. I like to have fun and get my kids up and moving. I don’t want them sitting all class.”

Along with teaching in the classroom, Myers has also helped outside of the school. She was a member of the Logansport Parks & Recreation Board for 14 years, joining the board in 2006 after Mayor Mike Fincher selected her for the position. She also served under Mayors Ted Franklin and Dave Kitchell.

Myers was crucial in putting forth a number of significant changes to the local parks while she was in office. One of them was to produce park master plans every five years, establishing Huston Park and raising funds, converting Dykeman Park Municipal Golf Course from a tax-supported park to a self-sustaining park, converting Riverside Park’s Cole Bridge and Eel River Run into self-sustaining parks, establishing the nonprofit Logansport Parks & Recreation Foundation, getting the Cass County Community Foundation to donate the mobile community stage, and renovating the Tower Park Pool into the Muehlhausen Aquatic Center and hiring three Parks Administrators.

While at her CrossFit gym, teacher Beth Myers performs a wall walk. Crossfit is a form of high-intensity interval training that combines strength and conditioning to perform high-intensity movement. (Courtesy of Beth Myers)

“My community isn’t just Logansport, it goes beyond that,” Myers said. “My experiences haven’t just affected my past life and current but my future as well. I’m now looking at retirement in the next two years.”

When Myers eventually retires from teaching, she plans to go to work at her gym full-time. Myers has always been very passionate about her gym, CrossFit Kokomo. Her gym has raised money for several different organizations and communities.

“I had been a traditional weight lifter for over 30 years,” Myers said. “I went out to Baltimore to visit my niece and nephew, and they took me to my first class. I started at 52 years old, and it was awesome. CrossFit is so important to me because I am stronger at 59 than I have ever been. I have a coach who keeps me motivated and a community of people who I love and who love me back. The motto of CrossFit is ‘Routine is the Enemy,’ so I am never bored. The workouts challenge me, and when you complete a hard workout, you feel like you can do anything. Crossfit gives me the confidence to live my life to the fullest.”

Looking back on her past, Myers worked several jobs before ever getting her teaching certification and becoming a teacher.

“I waited on tables, mowed lawns, and drove a lumber truck,” Myers said. “After I got my bachelor’s, I worked for a company, but I left since I knew it wasn’t right for me. I never considered any of those jobs full-time. I only did summer jobs or temporary things.”

Deep down, Myers knew these jobs weren’t what she wanted to do all of her life. So, she went back to school to further her education, now going for a teaching certification. Though, she did struggle to get an education since she had to support herself. 

There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, and I can actually see it now when before I couldn’t.

— Beth Myers

“I had to pay for everything myself,” Myers said. “The education, the gas to get there, I did it all. My parents didn’t help me any, so I was on my own. I worked full-time at the Cass County Courthouse and went to school at night. I took two to three classes per semester, depending on how much I could afford.”

Despite her struggle to get the education needed for teaching, Myers always knew that teaching was the right decision for her. 

“I never doubted becoming a teacher,” Myers said. “Not even once. I can’t imagine myself never teaching my students. These kids help to fuel my passion, without them I don’t know where I’d be now. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, and I can actually see it now when before I couldn’t.”