Tim Beeler

Tim Beeler

Eat the frog. Tim Beeler , Culinary Instructor , The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta

Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

For me, that moment was the first day of my master's degree program.

How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?

I make sure to connect my own personal experiences in the business to the topics we’re covering in class. I think it makes the learning much more real.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

All of my leadership course assignments are designed to help students to see how they can be leaders—no matter what their role in an organization.

How do you inspire your students to push themselves beyond their own perceived limits.

I don't allow my students to be just average. There’s no excuse for being mediocre.

How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?

Students get a chance to see how their peers add value and fresh perspectives to a team project.

What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?

Never give up. Go the extra mile. Hard work matters.

Anything else you’d like to share?

My passion for teaching is only eclipsed by my desire to see students reach beyond their comfort zone and excel in their career.