Darren Beck: Principal first, baseball fan second

by Dontel Bautista

Mr. Beck was born on February 27, 1964, in Yuba City, California. He attended Yuba City High School and California State University Chico.

His first day of high school was intimidating.

“I spent the day trying to avoid older students that were trying to intimidate me and my friends,” said Mr. Beck.

Although school may have been intimidating in the beginning, Mr. Beck decided he wanted to be a teacher himself and loves the career path he has chosen.

“I tried other things and never enjoyed them that much,’’ said Mr. Beck. “Teaching is more fun.’’

Mr. Beck has worked in education for 21 years. He has worked as everything from a sub to a fourth grade teacher, to an adult educator, to a high school administrator.

Aside from teaching, Mr. Beck loves attending baseball games with or without his family. He also loves watching movies, and reading books

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Mr. Beck and his family

His list of favorite movies is long, but classics like The Godfather Trilogy, 42, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Sandlot, and Blues Brothers make up the top of his list.

“A favorite movie is one I can watch it over and over again and not get tired of it,” said Mr. Beck. “My list changes depending on my mood.”

All joking aside, Mr. Beck’s role model is his dad, Ted Beck.

“My dad is hardworking, honorable, has a strong commitment to family and community, and is funny as heck,” said Mr. Beck.

Though there have been many highlights throughout his years working in education, Mr. Beck says his favorite times are those when kids come back with positive things to say.

“I love when, as a teacher and administrator, kids come back after years and say, ‘Thanks for not giving up on me,’” he said. “That’s a rush each and every time.”

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