OUR TEACHERS

Early Childhood Team

Sara Sullivan, Preschool

At Bergman since 2016

 

Why I Teach: My heart has always been with our youngest learners as they explore, discover and grow into lifetime learners. I have spent the last several years of my career as a preschool teacher and director.

Angela Streeter, Preschool

At Bergman since 2019

 

Why I Teach:  I work in early childhood education because I am with children at the start of their educational journey and get to help them understand and attain some of the most foundational academic, social, cognitive and emotional concepts.

Sharon Dean, Pre-K

At Bergman since 2004

Why I Teach: I teach to see the light.  The light in the children's eyes when the understand a new concept, when the see something new for the first time and when they learn about the world around them.

Sue Knie, Pre-K

At Bergman since 2017

 

Why I Teach: I work in early childhood because every day is a chance to share in each child's excitement and wonder of learning about the world and each other. It brings me joy to be a part of that learning.

Amy Simmons, Pre-K

At Bergman since 2009

Why I Teach: I love to teach because I can help kids discover themselves and their place in the world, show them what it means to be a good friend, help them make friends, and see them develop a love for learning.  I love to teach because kids teach me to have fun and that small things can bring great happiness.

Jeri John, Pre-K

At Bergman since 2008

Why I Teach: I love being able to provide an environment full of opportunities where the children can interact and make meaningful connections.  A place where they can discover what brings them joy.

Stephanie Canedy, Associate

At Bergman since 2017

 

Why I Teach: I work in early childhood because it is the time that children begin to grow into the person they will become.  I enjoy guiding them through finding themselves and figuring out about the world around them. 

Elementary Team

Jill Freeburg, Kindergarten

At Bergman since 2017

 

Why I Teach:  I believe that the children are our future and I love being the person that gives them the opportunity to develop a love for learning.  

Kristin Kalcevich, Kindergarten

At Bergman since 2019

 

Why I Teach: My hope is that my students leave kindergarten as children who love learning and believe in themselves. I teach to help all students find joy each day at school, feel accepted and important in our classroom community, and grow as learners. 

Karen Mandernach, 1st Grade

At Bergman since 2016

Why I Teach: I am passionate about teaching because I love to witness the “aha” moments when student capture a new concept.  They continue to inspire me!

Jennifer Netherton, 1st Grade

At Bergman since 2019

 

Why I Teach: I teach because I believe learning is a lifelong process. I have the unique opportunity to provide a safe and consistent environment for students to blossom and develop a LOVE for learning. 

Meg Tvrdik, 2nd Grade

At Bergman since 2005

 

Why I teach: My favorite part of teaching is the relationships that I build with my students.  They are not just my students for the year, but for life.  

Shari Harms, 3rd Grade

At Bergman since 2013

 

Why I Teach: I teach because school was hard for me.  It made me very anxious and I was a slow reader with poor comprehension.  I teach to help others like me know that every thing will be okay and they too can conquer their fears!

Lindsey Althenhofen, 3rd Grade

At Bergman since 2018

Why I Teach: I teach because I love learning! I am driven by having the opportunity each day to help students discover their own unique talents and to experience the joy that comes along with it.

Tocia Hanna, 4th Grade

At Bergman since 2019

Why I Teach: I teach to inspire and motivate children to find the joy and power in learning. There's truly nothing better than creating meaningful, long-lasting relationships with my students and watching them grow.

 

 

Mark Schwarck, 4th Grade

At Bergman Academy since 2014

Why I Teach: I teach because I have a strong passion for creating, and inspiring, the love of life-long learning in every student.

Bailey Gilbertson, 5th Grade

At Bergman since 2018

 

Why I Teach: I teach because every child deserves a cheerleader; someone in their corner who will never give up on them, knows the power of relationships, and encourages personal growth. I teach to meet the needs of each of my students and foster a love of learning. 

Jody Konrad, 5th Grade

At Bergman since 2004

 

Why I Teach: I teach to make connections and to inspire a love of learning.  This includes building meaningful relationships with students so that they are receptive and responsive to new knowledge and skills and are able to apply their learning to their own lives and toward helping others.

Middle Scholars Team

Cara Rexroat, 6th Grade

At Bergman since 2010

Why I Teach: Each day with my students is fun, exciting, and entertaining. I love guiding them, encouraging them, and, most importantly, learning from them. Teaching at Bergman provides opportunities to create solid teacher-student relationships that allow for authentic learning!

Chad Gilroy, 6th Grade

At Bergman since 2016

 

Why I Teach: I teach because I am passionate about helping students understand they are independent and capable thinkers.  I want to help them realize that they all have the ability to lead, learn, create, and inspire beyond what they perceive.

Viki Haller, 7th Grade

At Bergman since 2017

 

Why I Teach: Teaching is more than a profession, it is a passion one has. I have found my passion in students.

Lindsay Anderson, 7th Grade

At Bergman since 2016

Why I Teach: I love teaching at Bergman because it is a community of teachers, learners, and families who work together to create a supportive and meaningful education.

Michelle Peck, 8th Grade

At Bergman since 1997

Why I Teach: It is my lifework to nurture, protect, and inspire young adults who are at an age when they often times have so many questions about themselves and life in general. I teach to encourage my students to take risks, ask questions, and to help them know that wherever they go in life, they have what it takes to succeed. 

Colin Seebach, 8th Grade

At Bergman since 2015

 

Why I Teach: I teach middle school to help young people develop confidence and comfort with themselves, and to equip them with skills to navigate the real world as young adults – all while striving to share my passion for science and nature, and promoting kindness.

Encore Team

Craig Klein, Spanish

At Bergman since 2012

Why I Teach: I teach in hopes of igniting passion and sparking interest. Interest in other cultures and languages. I want students to know how good it feels to be able to communicate in a different language. I teach because acquiring a second language gives a child one more window from which to look at the world. 

Maideli Garcia, Spanish

At Bergman since 2019

Why I Teach: I teach because I know firsthand that the impact teachers have in the lives of students is long-lasting. I teach because representation matters.

Jen Havemann, PE/Outdoor Ed

At Bergman since 2006

 

Why I Teach: I teach because I love to help students make discoveries about themselves, their capabilities and, of course our outdoor environment. 

Jay Slocum, PE/Outdoor Ed

At Bergman since 2018

 

Why I Teach: I became a teacher to be an encourager and a positive life influence for my students.

Kayla Gratton, Technology

At Bergman since 2019

Why I Teach: I teach to inspire and influence the future of our society.

Sydney Gerritsen, Music

At Bergman since 2010

Why I Teach: I teach to help students appreciate the benefits music has for everyone, not just those who consider themselves musicians. I teach at Bergman Academy because I’ve found a supportive community of students, families, and coworkers all dedicated to helping students succeed, unearth strengths, and discover passions!

Valerie Peters, School Counselor

At Bergman since 2018

 

Why I Teach: I teach social emotional learning because it is important for all students to build a solid foundation. By developing coping strategies, stress management techniques, and conflict resolution skills, students will feel more confident in navigating through the obstacles of our ever changing world. 

Samantha Jones-Tweedy, Art

At Bergman since 2020

Why I Teach: I teach so students can have authentic art experiences. Giving them the tools and space to problem solve, explore, and to see possibilities in the world around them. I teach to make artists that can trust themselves and create without limits. 

Specialists

Cassie Ascheman, ELA

At Bergman since 2015

 

Why I Teach: I teach because every child deserves an education geared towards their learning style. I believe that learning is measured by not only academic growth but social emotional growth of the child. 

Stacy Scanlon, Math

At Bergman since 2014

 

Why I Teach: I teach because I want to encourage and motivate students to find the joy of learning.

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