Daniel Beal is making a strong case to become Leo’s Rookie of the Year.

The first-year English and Social Studies teacher was named Leo’s Teacher of the Month for October, after only two months on the job. 

The school year is off to a good start on the academic front at Leo, with adjustments to the increased enrollment going smoothly, so several teachers were under consideration for the monthly award Principal Rawls initiated two years ago.

But at the first-quarter honors assembly, where well over a third of the student population were recognized for earning honor-roll grades, a spontaneous, enthusiastic demonstration in support of Mr. Beal broke out. He was declared the winner by acclamation.

“It’s really a reflection of how well Mr. Beal has connected with his students, which is great to see,” Mr. Rawls said.

Mr. Beal, 28, is a native of downstate Harrisburg, Il. He earned a degree in political science from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, served in the Air Force and attended law school briefly before switching to education. He is pursuing a Master’s degree from St. Xavier University while teaching at Leo.

“I love being at Leo,” Mr. Beal said. “I love the kids, and I love the energy I encounter in the building every day.” 

Said Mr. Rawls: “He’s been a great addition to the faculty and the Leo Family. We’re really happy to have Mr. Beal at Leo.”