OUR TEACHERS

Early Childhood Team

Sara Sullivan, Preschool

Sharon Dean, Pre-K

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.

Sue Knie, Pre-K

Amy Simmons, Pre-K

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

Elementary Team

Jill Freeburg, Kindergarten

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

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

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

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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