“The Door is Shut” – Ms. Bernberg 

Written By: Gia Shah & Lyla Virji

Ms. Bernberg, a teacher that certainly wins “most enthusiastic award,” is back at Wheatley to teach English and AP Seminar! Ms Bernberg is a caring and passionate teacher who wants what is best for her students. 

Where are you from? 

I am from Bethpage, New York. I went to college at Stony Brook which was nearby.

How does it feel to be back at your hometown?

It’s great to be back because the same type of environment which I love. I also feel like one of you guys because I’ve been in your seat and know what it’s like. 

What do you teach and why did you decide to teach this subject?

I teach English and AP seminar, and I majored in ELA, Art, and history and have a masters in school media, and literature. I enjoy teaching english because of the whole concept of literature and collaboration and the meaning of how we can all be seen in literature. 

What is your favorite part of teaching & what are your goals this year? 

I love connecting with my students and seeing their growth. My goals this year are to be apart of the community and build relationships with other people. Along with making sure that everybody receives good grades in AP Seminar. Another one of my goals is to travel to each continent. 

What are some of your favorites? 

  • My favorite hobby is to hike or go to the beach. My favorite movies are anything by Tim Burton, and Finding Nemo. One of my all time favorite TV shows is Scrubs. The best food combo is a bacon cheeseburger with sweet potato fries and a chocolate milkshake. I also love the Lord of the Rings book series. 

How do you adjust to having a new group of kids every year? 

Tough, and especially when you have to leave the school, and you need to start fresh and you have to learn the student through class. 

Was there anything other profession you considered except for teacher? 

Librarian, anything with working hands on or cinematographer, I always thought that was very cool. 

What is your favorite grade(s) to teach?

If I’m being honest, 9th grade and 12th grade. I feel as if 9th graders have the most potential and are the most developed. Additionally, I feel like 12th grade is fun to teach because they don’t have to prove themselves since they feel the most secure and self confident. They know who they are by this age and can have mature conversations. 

What is your saying?

The door is shut. All my kids know how much I say that (us included). 

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