Nick Beyrer, ’07, credits his middle school teacher for fostering his interest in math. Little did he realize this early discovery would lead to a future career in engineering.
When did you attend Saint Raphael Catholic School?
I attended SRCS from 2002 to 2007 (4th grade to 8th grade).
What were your interests at SRCS?
I played soccer in 6th grade and lacrosse in 7th and 8th grade.
Who were your most memorable SRCS teachers?
I had three memorable teachers. The first was Mr. Elliott in 5th grade. He was an easygoing teacher who had a lot of fun with his students. At the same time, I learned a lot from him.
The second teacher was Mr. Sutton. I looked up to him a lot because he was a funny, respectable guy who didn’t take any grief from his students. I was not very fond of social studies (the class he taught) but he made it entertaining and made us work hard.
My third most memorable teacher was Mrs. Whiteside. She taught math for the three years I was in middle school. I distinctly remember the first algebra class where she introduced to the concept of variables. She said “you can’t add X and Y just like you can’t add apples and oranges; if you added apples and oranges, you would just be left with fruit salad!” She gave me a strong base in math.
What are some of your fondest memories of SRCS?
My fondest memory was the trip to Camp Cheerio. It was the first time I had ever been on a trip like that and I loved it. It was a lot of fun to be with all of my classmates.
Where did you attend high school?
I attended Wakefield High School.
What were your interests in high school?
I played goalie in lacrosse for four years and was the president of the Math Honors Society.
Where are you currently attending college?
I’m a senior at NC State University.
What is your major?
I’m majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Through most of high school, I thought that engineers were railroad workers. It wasn’t until senior year that one of my teachers told me that engineers design and build things and that they’re very good at math. It sounded like I could do it so I decided to pursue the field.
What are your plans for the future?
If all goes correctly, I hope to work for Tesla Motors in California. I’ve already had an internship with them and I was asked to come back this summer.
posted January 8, 2015