Name: Angie Bergner
Years in Education: I have been a teacher for 26 years, all of which have been at North Ward Elementary School! I began my career in Title I Reading and after 12 years switched to 3rd grade. I have been teaching 3rd grade for 14 years.
Subject/Grade assignment this school year: I am currently teaching 3rd grade at North Ward.
What was your favorite subject in school: Reading. I have always loved to read! I love to be able to meet new characters, travel to distant places and just “get lost” in a book.
What is your favorite weekend activity? It’s hard to narrow it down to just one! I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, shopping, running races, attending sporting events, seeing movies, eating and relaxing at home.
What is your favorite book? My favorite book is Stephen King’s 11/22/63. This is not a typical Stephen King novel and it introduces some very thought provoking ideas on time travel what could happen if we had the power to change history.
What are you most looking forward to in your curriculum this month? I always teach an American Government unit in the spring which is one of my favorite units to teach. I love to teach the history of our country’s government and share my pictures from my travels to Boston and Washington DC.
What are your students learning this week? In Math, we are learning to find the area and perimeter of a figure. We are reading the book “In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson” and focusing on figurative language, compare/contrast and inferences. We just began our unit on weather in Science, and we are looking forward to several STEM activities this spring.
What is your greatest motivator as a teacher? Of course, one of the biggest motivators is seeing the academics gains and maturity that the students gain over the course of the year. I love it when I overhear students talking with enthusiasm about topics we have discussed in class! It is also a great motivator when I hear from former students and how they fondly remember their third grade year and what they learned. But my greatest motivator is knowing each day I get a chance to make a difference in the life of a child.