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Mr. Chris Berger
Hello! My name is Chris Berger and I'm from Altoona, a major railroad town in central PA founded by the Pennsylvania Railroad. I graduated from Bishop Guilfoyle High School and was a captain on our undefeated 13-0 football team (and also lettered in basketball and baseball). I went on to Juniata College, where I graduated with high honors with a B.A. in History and started three years on the football team as a defensive back.
After student teaching and earning 15 graduate credits in History at Duquesne University, I moved to Adams County in 1997. I began my employment as a social studies teacher for Tuscarora Intermediate Unit #11 at a maximum security juvenile facility at South Mountain Secure Treatment Unit. In 2000, I received the Teacher of the Year Award for the state of Pennsylvania for juvenile corrections education. My experiences working with this challenging and diverse population helped me immensely in my subsequent professional career.
In 2006, I began my employment at Upper Adams School District as the alternative education teacher for the district. My goal was to educate our at-risk population and maintain them in the least restrictive environment without removing them from the district. By the end of my tenure, other districts in the county were sending some of their students to our alternative education program. During this time, I also earned my M.Ed in Educational Leadership at Shippensburg University.
In 2012, I was excited to begin my current position of teaching 8th grade American History. Getting the students to understand the founding and growth of our great country, as well as making connections to the events and issues of today has been a rewarding experience.
My wife Ann and I have been married for 19 years and have two sons, Ben and Will, ages 16 and 13. I work part-time as a counselor for autistic children in the county and have coached basketball here at Biglerville and elsewhere. I am happy to be a teacher in the best district in the county.