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Dave Beery coaches boys basketball and teaches social studies at Mingus Union High School. Ask Mingus Union Principal Genie Gee, and she’ll say that Beery is the “heart of Mingus.” VVN/Bill Helm

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Dave Beery

Social Studies teacher, boys basketball coach Mingus Union High School, Cottonwood

COTTONWOOD – If Dave Beery was to change careers, he’d probably endeavor to become a chef.