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Dr. Beagle Awarded for Excellence In Teaching

San Marino High School English teacher Dr. Nancy Beagle, center, received the John B. and Margaret K. Norberg Award for Excellence in Teaching. PICTURED ABOVE, left to right, are Don Norberg, Dr. Beagle and San Marino High School Principal Mary Johnson.  Mitch Lehman Photo
San Marino High School English teacher Dr. Nancy Beagle, center, received the John B. and Margaret K. Norberg Award for Excellence in Teaching. PICTURED ABOVE, left to right, are Don Norberg, Dr. Beagle and San Marino High School Principal Mary Johnson. Mitch Lehman Photo

Dr. Nancy Beagle was speechless, an occasion that drew good-natured laughter and faux shock from her colleagues. What could possibly cause such a condition?

San Marino High School Principal Mary Johnson had just informed the assembled faculty that Beagle had been awarded the John B. and Margaret K. Norberg Award for Excellence in Teaching, an honor that is presented annually and is based on a vote of the entire staff.

“I am extremely pleased and proud to have won the award,” Beagle said on Wednesday morning, after a day to let it all sink in. “I am extremely proud to be recognized for the excellence of my teaching and honored by my colleagues.”

Beagle has been an English teacher at San Marino High School for 15 years and is retiring at the end of the school year. Mrs. Johnson recited excerpts from letters she has received from students and fellow faculty members.
“I wish I could publish these,” said Johnson.

Twin brothers Doug and Don Norberg graduated from San Marino High School with the third graduating class in June, 1958.

“On the occasion of our 50th reunion in 2008, the year of the first award, it struck Doug that among the awards at graduation time that special recognition should be given to an outstanding teacher, since such teachers are the center of any great education,” Don Norberg said.

They created the award in honor of their parents, who “had the foresight to move to San Marino from Los Angeles in 1944 so we could attend the city’s outstanding schools.”

Beagle is also an accomplished actress famous for her one-woman portrayals of famous women in history.

Her name will be added to a perpetual trophy displayed at the school and she received a crystal sculpture at Tuesday afternoon’s faculty meeting, where Don Norberg was on hand to present the honors.

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