With over 17 years of professional teaching in the California Public Education System and running my own tutoring business, I have had the privilege of working with K-12th grade students from public and private schools. In 2004 I received my Bachelor’s of Liberal Studies-Elementary Education with a minor in Bible and my California Teaching Credential from The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, California. I also received my Master’s Degree in Education specializing in Reading and Literacy. I taught 4th and 5th graders for four years at Eisenhower Elementary School in the Cupertino Union School District. Prior to that, I was a 7th grade English and Social Studies teacher at Hyde Middle School in Cupertino and a 4th grade teacher at Valencia Valley Elementary in Valencia, California.
I was raised in Pacific Grove, California (Monterey Peninsula) and moved to Santa Clarita, California to go to school at The Master’s University. After graduating and earning my California Teaching Credential, I began teaching fourth grade in Valencia Valley Elementary School (Los Angeles County). One year later, I decided to move to Cupertino to be closer to my fiance at the time, now my husband! We were married on February 18th, 2006. Mr. Berry works at The King’s Academy in the Spiritual Life Department. We have two sons, Josh and Caleb and a daughter, Mackenzie. A few things that I love are hiking, traveling, spending time with friends and family, reading, and cooking.
Christian Philosophy of Education
With over 17 years of experience, I believe an excellent teacher is one who trains their students in knowledge and character with a biblical perspective so that they will be future leaders for God’s Kingdom. As a teacher, I will instill a passion and desire into each child making them lifelong independent learners. Each child has been created in God’s image and is wonderfully and fearfully made, so I will differentiate their lessons according to their learning style, holding high expectations and challenging each student to their ability. I believe that children should work with excellence as if they are working for the Lord and not for men (Col. 3:23). I need to have high expectations for my students and encourage them to grow in their relationship with Jesus. In addition, I will strive to help both the student and parents focus beyond grades alone and onto the students heart and motivation for learning; this will help them to grow fully in the knowledge that will guide them for the rest of their lives.