Kia Educator of the Month: January 2014
Name: Christine Berglind
School: Lee Elementary
Neighborhood: West Lawn
1. How long have you been teaching? What grade do you teach?
Christine Berglind: I have been teaching for the last 10 years at Richard H. Lee School, 16 years altogether. The last 3 years I have had the pleasure of teaching in a 3rd grade classroom.
2. Why did you decide you wanted to be a teacher? Are there any particular teachers who have influenced you in the past?
Berglind: Growing up, my father suggested I try teaching. He was a baseball and basketball coach for many, many years. He served as a wonderful role model for many youngsters. He encouraged me to have patience, fairness, and always try to have a little fun with the students in my class.
3. Describe your favorite teaching memory or experience.
Berglind: I have many fond memories teaching. Every day is an adventure and a challenge. My favorite moments involve students who have come back to visit their old teacher. I am happy to hear how they have continued on to pursue college or are working hard within their professions or trades. I enjoy seeing them as successful, young adults who are trying to make a difference in the world. Those are my very favorite moments.
4. How do teachers/educators impact the lives of their students? What do you hope that you personally can do to have a positive impact on the students you work with?
Berglind: At Lee school, I work with many hard-working, talented teachers who have challenged and motivated the students whom they teach. Throughout the years, I have strived to instill confidence in the students that they will learn when they work hard. I attempt to encourage them to develop a love of reading and learning as they grow and mature.
5. Describe how your professional role has made an impact thus far. What goals, if any, have you set in an effort to make even more of a difference in the future?
Berglind: I hope as an educator I have made a difference in helping a student reach his or her full potential. I like to attend workshops and take college courses to help me become a better teacher. In the future I plan on implementing the use of more technology in my class. This generation is very techno savvy. My students this year have taught me a thing or two about computers and iPads.
6. If your students could end each school year having learned only one thing, what would you want that to be?
Berglind: Always give 100% effort, 100% of the time, no matter what! I also hope they gain confidence in their abilities.
7. What was your reaction when you learned that you were selected as the Kia Educator of the Month?
Berglind: I was excited and humbled at the same time. I work with wonderfully talented teachers, respectful students and a hard working administrative staff. I continue to learn from the staff at Lee School, as well as be inspired by the students. I am very grateful for this experience.
8. As Teacher of the Month, how will you spend your $1,000 award money?
Berglind: Thanks to Kia Motors, my classroom library will be updated; I will buy an iPad or two, and possibly look into an educational class field trip for all the 3rd graders at Lee School.