OUR TEACHERS

Early Childhood Team

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Jill Freeburg, Preschool
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.  

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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.

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Brianna Hale, Preschool

At Bergman since 2020

Why I Teach: Being able to witness the joy of learning from children at such a young age is inspiring. Children are capable of so much when we give them the space and comfort to explore. I enjoy giving them the tools they need to become great humans to the world, to themselves, and to the people around them.

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Stephanie Canedy, Pre-K

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. 

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Bethany Shrestha, Pre-K

At Bergman since 2021

Why I Teach: I teach to learn and I teach to be inspired. Being able to witness moments of discovery and growth first-hand is a true joy and daily inspiration. It is an honor to be one of the first teachers a child may have and I work to ensure they are seen and known each day in my classroom. 

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Montana Isenhhart, Pre-K

At Bergman since 2021

Why I Teach: I teach to make a difference, no matter how big or small. Children have such a strong desire to learn and grow that it becomes motivating for me as an educator and person. 

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Ruth Ann Aakre, Pre-K

At Bergman since 2021

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Jesi Merta, Early Childhood

At Bergman since 2021

Elementary Team

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Brittany Smith, Kindergarten

At Bergman since 2020

 

Why I Teach: I teach because I want to make a difference in a child's life by helping them grow to be the best person they can be and to help them develop a love for learning. 

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Dustin Welsh, Kindergarten

At Bergman since 2020

 

Why I Teach: I take pride in knowing that I'm teaching my students knowledge and skills that they will use for the rest of their lives. I also take great joy in having the opportunity to guide their social and emotional development, while strengthening their love for learning. 

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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. 

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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!

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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.  

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Jill Hart, 2nd Grade

At Bergman since 2020

 

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Jena Cook, 3rd Grade
At Bergman since 2021

Why I teach: Iteach to help children become a lifelong learner. I love seeing the passion in their eyes when they find something that intrigues them.

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Tocia Hanna, 3rd 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.

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Amanda Christiansen, 4th Grade
At Bergman since 2021

Why I Teach: I want to teach students to become critical consumers of content and continue to be inquisitive forever.  Then take that knowledge and embrace their power to make positive changes in the world.
 

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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.

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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. 

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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

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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!

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Marcy Luft, 6th Grade
At Bergman since 2006
 
I became a teacher because I love the magic and excitement of working with children. No other job lets you inspire wonder, joyfully discover new concepts, and help create a community of respect and dignity for every single learner quite like teaching. Bergman allows us to do this every day in the classroom!

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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.

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Amber Lawrence, 7th Grade

At Bergman since 2021

Why I Teach: I teach because I believe in all students and their ability to succeed and because I want to help them develop a love of learning.

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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. 

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Dylan Lamb, 8th Grade

At Bergman since 2021

Why I Teach: I chose to become a teacher because I want to provide students with a positive environment to learn and grow as young people.  Working with students is the most rewarding thing I could ask to do and here at Bergman we strive to provide students with the experience and care that will help them grow and flourish as young learners. 

Encore Team

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

John Clark, PE/Outdoor Ed
At Bergman since 2021

Why I Teach:  I teach because I like to support an individual to find their direction in life whilst contributing a worldly view. Helping them understand the importance of goal setting and understanding the impact of both achieving and not achieving success. Through Physical education I want the students to see the importance of being physically active and how it can have a positive effect on all aspects of their lives.
 

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Kayla Gratton, Technology

At Bergman since 2019

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

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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!

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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. 

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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. 

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Tenea Fabray, Music

At Bergman since 2020

 

Why I Teach: I teach to encourage students to create, explore, and grow with music in their own, special way.

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Specialists

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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. 

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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.