Beardsleys leaving after 26 years with EHS

first_imgELLSWORTH — Every semester Andy Beardsley assigns his class “Romeo and Juliet,” he hears the same line from students:“There’s no such thing as love at first sight.”“Oh yeah?” The Ellsworth High School English teacher and legendary cross country coach will ask before playing a tape for the room full of teenagers. “Listen to this.”“I just met this girl,” begins a message Andy recorded of himself some three decades ago — the day he met his future wife. The voice of a smitten 19-year-old spends the next 10 minutes raving about her beauty and love of “Lord of the Rings.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“She’s amazing,” Andy says in the recording. “And I’m going after her.”Five years later, Andy married the girl who his students now know as their science teacher, Andrea Beardsley. After 26 years of working together at EHS, Andy and Andrea are moving to Virginia to live closer to Andy’s brother, Scott.“We’d honestly thought about doing something different before,” Andrea says. “But this all is happening really fast.”A plan took shape in mid-May when Andy, 51, and Andrea, 49, attended Scott’s graduation ceremony at the University of Pennsylvania. He had just earned his Ph.D. in educational leadership.“Andy and Scott are very close,” Andrea says. “For their entire adult lives, they’ve lived on different continents.”Scott, who is just 10 months older than Andy, is in the process of moving from Belgium, where he worked for a management consulting firm in Brussels. He will begin his new job as dean of the University of Virginia Darden School of Business in August.“Scott is really good at making people push themselves,” Andrea says. “During our trip, he asked us, ‘Why don’t you do something different? We can make this big life change together.’“That’s what got us thinking.”Two months later, Andy and Andrea have committed to the move. They are leaving July 28.The couple sit at their kitchen counter in their Ellsworth home, poring over photo albums and sharing memories. Andrea points to a picture, taken of the two shortly after they began dating, in which Andy is holding a novel. “That’s a Tolkien book,” she says.When asked what they’ll miss most about Ellsworth, Andrea’s eyes turn red.“Are you going to cry?” Andy teases her.“No, shut up,” Andrea smiles, looking up to keep tears from falling. “I can’t help it. It is sad! It’s a happy-sad thing.”Andy and Andrea’s journey to Ellsworth began in 1983 before they had even met. Though they both had family roots in Blue Hill, Andy moved away in middle school, and Andrea arrived in 10th grade. She graduated from George Stevens Academy.Their paths crossed at Bates College in Lewiston when Andrea caught pneumonia her first month there.“I was stupid as a freshman,” Andrea says. “I ate donuts and didn’t sleep. I got horribly sick.”Meanwhile, in Blue Hill, Andrea’s mom expressed concern over her daughter’s health to a good friend, Andy’s grandmother. Andy, a sophomore at Bates, consequently received instruction from his grandma to check on Andrea.“OK, Nana,” Andy says he responded. “I’ll go meet this girl.”Andy knocked on Andrea’s dorm room door and was greeted by a tall, intimidating man with his arms crossed. It was Parents Weekend, and that was her dad. Andy slinked past him to meet Andrea.Small talk between the two about where they each grew up quickly uncovered one major connection: Andy and Andrea both had lived in the same house in Blue Hill.Andrea doesn’t have a recording of her thoughts the day she met Andy, but she does have a mental image of him walking out of her room.“He had a little brown cap on, and he was limping because he had hurt himself,” she says. “While watching him walk away, I remember specifically thinking, ‘I’m now at the age where I am meeting people I could end up marrying.“‘I could end up marrying that guy.’”Andy and Andrea have five children, two of whom they adopted six and a half years ago from Ethiopia. They have taught their oldest sons and watched them both graduate from EHS.“Andy and I actually don’t see each other that much at school,” Andrea says. “We run in different circles.”Their days overlap through their students. Andrea says kids will often tell her, “Mr. Beardsley told a story about you today.” Or Andrea will occasionally use Andy as an example in her anatomy class to perhaps explain the cardiac output of a runner.“We share common students, and that’s how we interact,” Andrea says. “One of the main things we try to establish is a rapport with the kids. I think in that way, we have similar teaching styles.”Andy and Andrea fell in love with each other, as well as with teaching, over their three years taking education courses together at Bates.Andy, a year older than Andrea, graduated in 1986 and entered graduate school at the University of Maine-Orono while Andrea finished up her last year at Bates. Andrea then worked in Portland as a teacher at Deering High School until Andy earned his master’s degree.With their education behind them, their lives together could finally begin. They moved to Ellsworth in 1988 after Andrea accepted a teaching job at EHS. Andy applied to five different high schools in Hancock County, all of which didn’t hire him.To get by, the newlyweds worked at the Colonial Motor Lodge. Andrea served as a receptionist nights and weekends while Andy cleaned rooms full time.Andrea recalls one particularly busy night when a woman checking out of the hotel offered her some advice:“‘Dear,’” Andrea mimics the visitor. “‘You seem like a very intelligent young woman. Why don’t you continue your education so you can do something beyond this?’”“Actually, I’m a teacher,” Andrea replied, adding she had earned her bachelor’s degree from a small, selective liberal arts college.The woman persisted: “‘Well, uh, maybe if you had an advanced degree…’”“My husband has his master’s,” Andrea cut her off. “He’s cleaning toilets down the hall.”A position opened up at EHS in 1989 when a group of young, newly hired teachers, including Andrea, couldn’t handle the oversized population of problematic students.“We’re talking at least 10 boys who were 17 years old, physically violent and still freshmen in high school,” Andy says.Andrea — the veteran teacher of the bunch with one year of experience — met with staff members to find a solution.“So they hired Andy to be the muscle,” Andrea says, laughing, while Andy pretends to flex his arms. “Which, to anybody who knows him, is extremely funny because he’s the sweetest, most compassionate person.“He would just stand at the back of the room looking big and scary.”Later in the school year, the EHS head of the English department took a leave of absence, and Andy filled the position. Then, he never left.“It’s funny how things happen for the best,” Andy says. “When you get rejected or something bad happens, and you’re all upset about it. Then, you end up thinking, ‘I’m really glad that didn’t happen.’“If I had been accepted at one of those other schools, my whole career path would have been different.”Two and a half decades later and the job search was back on.After returning from their trip to Pennsylvania in late-May, Andy and Andrea began applying to schools in the Charlottesville area. Andrea — Hancock County’s 2014 Teacher of the Year — scored a position as a chemistry teacher at Albemarle High School within days of beginning her search.“I have a very positive reputation here at Ellsworth,” Andrea says. “From a professional point of view, I want to challenge myself to start fresh and see if I can develop that same reputation later in my career.”The Beardsleys emphasize repeatedly that their decision to leave has nothing to do with Ellsworth.“We feel blessed to have been able to teach in the Ellsworth school system,” Andrea says. “It’s an amazing system.”Alone in his classroom in late June, Andy packed up photos and awards accrued over his 26 years coaching cross country and track at EHS. A gifted athlete himself, Andy has coached some of Maine’s greatest runners, including Louie and Joey Luchini, Steve and Corey DeWitt, Ben Shorey, and, most recently, Aleta Looker and his nephew Dan Curts — all of whom went on to compete on a national stage.“I just feel really lucky to have had so many outstanding runners,” Andy says.Andy and Andrea had only just begun informing friends and family of their decision to move. They had quit their jobs and bought a house in a Charlottesville neighborhood centrally located so their kids can walk to school.Everything had just about fallen into place.It took Andy nine hours to clean out his classroom. Surrounded by bare walls and stacks of memories, he received a text message late that afternoon. The principal of a private school he had applied to work for, St. Anne’s Belfield School, wanted to interview him for an English teaching position.Andy got the job the next day. He will also serve as assistant coach of the school’s cross country and track teams with head coach Sintayehu Taye, who, coincidentally, was a star runner for Portland High School.“It’s scary, and it’s exciting,” Andy says. “I’m going to be a new teacher and a new coach where nobody knows me.”But the Beardsleys are not saying goodbye forever. They plan on returning to Ellsworth for two months every summer.“We’re not selling the house,” Andrea says. “We want this to still feel like home.”Andy and Andrea Beardsley are hosting a gathering before they leave at their home Thursday, July 23, from 4 to 7 p.m. Call 667-7128 for more information. Bio Latest Posts Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. 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Victor Osimhen: Tipped to Replace Icardi at Inter?

first_imgHis loan deal with Charleroi has a clause agreed with Wolfsburg for him to be signed permanently for a fee in the region of €5m although his current market value is double that amount now.Inter Milan contacted his representatives about a possible deal and it is believed that he is their prime target for former captain Mauro Icardi who is currently involved in a row with the club after he was stripped of the captain band and his relationship with the management seems to have hit rock bottom levels.The deal for Osimhen will no doubt encounter some complications as Charleroi are willing to use every means available to trigger the clause of buying him permanently before selling him for a hefty profit and also a percentage of his future sale.Wolfsburg, on the other hand, want the striker back after his loan spell but it is believed they want to trade him off as their player to recoup some of their investment in the player they signed in 2015 following his exploits at the U-17 World Youth Championship.Super Eagles youngster has revealed the secrets behind his incredible form on-loan at Belgian club Charleroi since arriving Belgium from VfL Wolfsburg.His impressive form earned him a recall to the Super Eagles squad for the 2019 Nations Cup qualifier against South Africa and he also started in 0-0 friendly draw against Uganda in Asaba.“My confidence level was very low at some point and what going out on loan to Charleroi has done for me is unexplainable,” Osimhen told BBC Sport.“It was tough in Germany because of the high expectations – some people started doubting me and also pushed me to start doubting myself as well.“The football in Belgium has helped, I also have a wonderful group of players around me and the coaching crew have been great with me.“As a young player, you hear people comparing you to other stars who emerged from the U-17 World Cup and never fulfilled their potential.“But now at Charleroi I have comfortably found my happiness again, and I thank everyone in Belgium and at Wolfsburg for the opportunity and support.”Osimhen was the top scorer as Nigeria clinched a fifth U-17 World Cup title in 2015 with 10 goals in Chile, which saw him win the Golden Boot and Silver Ball.After the tournament he decided against joining English side Arsenal, to sign with the 2009 German champions Wolfsburg in January 2016, but injuries restricted him to 16 appearances for the club in all competitions.Despite being a part of the squad for two years, his lack of games meant he missed out of the 2018 World Cup with Nigeria.“I am still young and I think it wasn’t meant to be, but I can still look forward to the future,” he added.“I thank coach Gernot Rohr for the opportunity to return to the squad and I hope to keep working hard to stay in his plans.”On the back of his impressive performance at 2015 U-17 World Cup with the Nigerian emerging the top scorer to claim both the Golden Boot and Silver Ball, the attacker joined the former German Bundesliga champions.However, the 19-year-old failed to settle into the Wolves’ senior set-up amid injury struggles and was shipped on loan to Charleroi this summer.Since moving to Belgium, the youngster has rediscovered his form, scoring seven goals in 12 outings across all competitions.The rise to prominence of Osimhen looked set to address a long-standing problem of Nigerian football: the lack of a dead-eye centre-forward . Not since the passing of Rashidi Yekini, the famed Super Eagles goleador has there been anything close to a sure thing, a player with the ability to ruthlessly home in on goal.A move to Germany always seemed a problematic fit, as Wolfsburg, whom he joined, are lacking in stability, and have been for quite a while. The constant upheaval, both managerially and administratively, would provide no kind of proper environment for fostering a promising young player.It seems now as though the intervening period has been rather wasted, as has some of his lustre. The German side were eager to farm him out in the summer, and he suffered the indignity of a number of trials in Belgium and the Netherlands, before finally earning a loan move to Charleroi.Not the most auspicious of clubs then or even manner of arrival, given his promise and the fact that he was still only 19.That is not to say that Osimhen is that good; merely that he may be ready now to lead and if flights of fancy are acceptable, then how far off an invitation to the senior national team is he?Rohr extended invitations to him in his early days as Super Eagles boss, all the ,while the 19-year-old was barely getting minutes at Wolfsburg.There really is something there and while there are still a few rough edges, the diamond is just starting to peak out. What is however not clear is if he could stand the pressure of filling the vacuum left by the Icardi at Inter Milan.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram With several names, including Edin Dzeko and Higuian linked to Inter Milan in the past as a replacement for their exiting striker, Mauro Icardi, Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen is the latest name strongly linked to the San Siro giants. 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Latest on Jurgen Klopp to Liverpool: ‘Three-year deal, unveiled at Anfield THIS WEEK’

first_img Jurgen Klopp 1 Today’s back page headlines are focused on Liverpool’s search for a new manager and all the leading newspapers are claiming Jurgen Klopp is close to becoming Brendan Rodgers’ successor. See what they have to say here…The Times says Liverpool hope to have Klopp installed as Rodgers’s successor by the end of this week. After opening formal talks with Klopp and his representatives on Monday, Liverpool are increasingly confident that the 48-year-old will become their next manager in the wake of Rodgers’s departure. A three-year contract is under discussion and Klopp is set to be joined at Anfield by his trusted assistant coaches Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz. READ THE FULL STORY HEREThe Daily Mirror says Klopp is happy to work under Liverpool’s transfer system and looks certain to be unveiled as their new manager before the end of this week. Klopp is due to meet officials from Anfield again on Tuesday, but has already indicated he will take the job, and barring any late hitches as details are thrashed out, he should sign up by Thursday or Friday. READ THE FULL STORY HEREThe Guardian also says Liverpool are confident of appointing Klopp as their next manager and could install the 48-year-old as Rodgers’ successor by the end of the week. Initial talks have been encouraging for FSG and negotiations, which are being led by Mike Gordon will continue over the coming days – with the German’s acceptance of working with Liverpool’s transfer committee yet to be addressed – but Anfield officials are increasingly confident of securing Klopp’s services and doing so quickly. READ THE FULL STORY HEREThe Daily Mail says Liverpool will hold a transatlantic board meeting via videophone on Tuesday as they look to tie up the appointment of Klopp on a three-year deal. The former Borussia Dortmund manager is Liverpool’s No 1 choice to succeed Rodgers. He has, however, told Liverpool’s Fenway Sports Group owners that he must have the final say on incoming players. READ THE FULL STORY HEREThe Sun says Liverpool hope to announce Jurgen Klopp as their new boss by the end of the week. And the German WILL have the final say on transfers in January and next summer. READ THE FULL STORY HERElast_img read more