Report by Paula Antolini, February 3, 2021, 9:39PM EDT
On Wednesday, February 3, 2021, the Superintendent of Bethel Public Schools, Dr. Christine Carver, and the Bethel High School Administration announced the sudden passing of a faculty member, a beloved Bethel High School teacher.
Message from the Bethel Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Christine Carver and the Bethel High School Administration:
We are deeply saddened to inform you that one of our beloved teachers, Mr. Al Bibeau, passed away suddenly today.
Since 1974, Mr. Bibeau has been part of the fabric of Bethel High School, teaching Social Studies, English, and many college level courses. As a true and dedicated Wildcat, Mr. Bibeau will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, his appreciation of all things history (especially John F. Kennedy), and most importantly, the compassion and love he had for the students of BHS. He will be deeply missed by his colleagues and the thousands of students who crossed his path during the past 46 years.
As a true student of history, Al Bibeau taught us to appreciate where we have been, to learn from our past, and to strive to make a better future for ourselves. In an interview with the BHS Wildcat Word, Mr. Bibeau stated, “I constantly want to be better, and in my class, I always push my students to work harder and I try my best to help them achieve their goals.”
In order to support our staff and students, the Bethel High School Pupil and Personnel team will be available to meet with anyone who may be experiencing grief as a result of this sudden and tragic loss.
There is no doubt that Mr. Bibeau left a lasting impression on us all. To the very end, Mr. Bibeau was our teacher, our mentor, and our friend. He advised us, “Never stop trying to improve yourself, everyone can do a little bit better”. To honor his legacy, we will do just that.