Fort Belvoir, Va. –
Editor’s Note: This is the second in our series celebrating National Teacher Day.
Instructor John Beaulieu began teaching for the Defense Contract Audit Institute (DCAI) after a career in the Air Force where he served for 20 years, first flying and then in the Space and Missile career field. John always had an interest in teaching and graduated from college with a degree in education. He has been in and out of the classroom since 1986, teaching Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps from 2006 to 2018 and now at DCAI for the last 18 months. Students at DCAI definitely benefit from his years of instructing experience.
When asked why he loves teaching he said, “it’s a combination of learning new things, throwing yourself into a topic, teaching with fervor and passion, and discovering the lives of students.” John puts this passion to work at DCAI’s leadership academy instructing emotional intelligence, leadership, team productivity, problem solving, coaching essentials, and other classes.
John believes teaching is a call to sacrifice, in the most positive way, to invest time and energy into every student to influence, persuade, guide, inspire, and challenge students be the best they can. One of the best compliments John received was from the last group of students in the Director’s Developmental Leadership Program who said, “we were so engrossed in what you were saying, when you called for a break, none of us moved. We wanted more.”