Indiana elementary schools are trying to grow their own male teachers who can serve as role models for children from single-parent homes.
As a boy, Keith Beatty was branded a troublemaker in Lawrence Township. Today, his hometown wants to give him a new title: teacher.
The used Plymouth Neon that gets the kindergarten aide to and from the IUPUI campus, where he takes night classes, came from a local physicist he’s never met. Parents, retirees and others have chipped in to pay his tuition bills.
The outpouring was triggered by school officials who saw potential in Beatty — and because Beatty is a man.
School officials in Indiana and nationwide are looking for more than a few good men to offset gender gaps in teaching, particularly in elementary school classrooms.
As a black man, Beatty, who’s 29, is especially valued.