Dr. Joy Beaver of SNU serves 40 years of faithful service

by Eunice Trent
Date: November 29, 2005
Contact: Eunice Trent
Phone: 405.491.6600
Fax: 405.491.6381
E-mail: etrent@snu.edu

BETHANY, OK - A reception will be held on December 5, 2005 from 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. in the Heritage room of the Webster Commons Building on the campus of Southern Nazarene University, in honor of Dr. Joy Beaver for her life time of teaching and leading in the Bethany community and at Southern Nazarene University.

Dr. Beaver began her teaching career in the Bethany Public Schools and taught a total of twelve years in the Bethany and Putnam City Schools. “Dr. Beaver doesn’t just touch lives, she changes lives” said Kathy Lunn, MA, Reading Specialist, Upper Primary Guiding Teacher at The School for Children.

The Beaver family settled in Bethany with five other families in 1908. Joy Beaver is the granddaughter of late Arthur Beaver, a pioneer and founder of the town of Bethany. Dr. Beaver’s father, Herman Beaver and his siblings were among the first students to attend the Bethany Public Schools in 1910.

Joy Beaver met her future husband, W. Don Beaver, as they were seated alphabetically in chapel at Bethany Peniel College (now known as Southern Nazarene University.) The two were married the night after graduation.

In the summer of 1972, Dr. Joy Beaver established an Early Childhood Learning Center in Jernigan Hall on the campus of Bethany Nazarene College. Dr. Beaver has served at Southern Nazarene University as professor of Early Childhood Education for 34 years. “Dr. Beaver sees potential in young teachers-to-be. She knows what it takes to be a great teacher. She believed in me. She’s the reason I’m teaching today” said Valerie Fisher, MA, Lower Primary Guiding Teacher at the School for Children.

In May of 2005, Dr. Joy Beaver completed her service to Southern Nazarene University and in January of 2006, she will retire from her role as Director of the School for Children. She will continue to work to raise the funds necessary to realize her career-long dream, a new building for the SNU School for Children.

For further information, contact Nadene Decker at the School for Children @ 491.6645.