My name is Andrew Beach and this is my second year teaching at Our Lady of Lourdes. Along with teaching Physical Education and serving as the Athletic Director, I am excited to also be in the classroom teaching History for the 6th and 8th grade this year.
A little about myself… I am a true Colorado native! I grew up in Morrison, just outside of Denver, and spent much of my early life hiking trails, skiing, and climbing. I developed an avid love for sports, and particularly for our home teams here in Denver. Within the first 12 years of my life the Avalanche won two Stanley Cups and the Broncos two Super Bowls. To say the least, I thought I was living in a sports Mecca! And even though the Rockies weren’t winning a whole lot, at least we had the Blake Street Bombers!
Beyond sports, I developed a love for books and learning. From an early age my parents instilled this love of learning within me; to seek and desire the truth was of the highest priority in our household. I credit much of my call to the teaching vocation to this wonderful gift given to me by my parents, both of whom are teachers themselves. I have loved seeing a similar spirit within our families here at Lourdes, who seem to understand and inculcate an environment of learning within the home that is then capable of being further nurtured in the classroom.
As for my own schooling, after graduating from D’Evelyn High School, I went on to study Economics and Philosophy at the University of Colorado, Boulder. I continued on from there to pursue an M.A. in Theology from the Augustine Institute, graduating in 2016.
From the second I heard about Lourdes and all that is going on here in terms of its Classical education, I knew it was the school where I wanted to teach. I was also excited to be part of a community where faith and true Catholic identity and culture is placed at the very center of the school’s mission. G.K. Chesterton once said that “a dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.” I find Lourdes to be a community that exemplifies this fine quote. We live in a society that has largely lost its way. Our secular culture tries its hardest to conform all to its distorted and self-seeking manners. And for many it is the easiest thing to do just that – to conform. But Christ calls us to go against the stream – “Do not be conformed by the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind” (Rom 12:2). To live for Christ is a truly radical thing! Lourdes exemplifies this. It is because of this that I am so glad to be a part of such an alive community of faith and have been so blessed to be able to be a part of the faculty here.