Amy Berry was nominated by her colleague, Angie Slater.
Ms. Berry is an amazing teacher, and she puts her whole heart into teaching her students. She uses her own money to create a safe and fun learning environment. She listens to the needs of her students, and she goes above and beyond the call of duty to help them. If any of her students need anything, such as materials, clothing, or food, she provides it to them. They don't even have to ask. She is warm, caring, and makes learning fun for her students.
Ms. Berry will dress up for activities to get her students interested in what they are learning. She does hands-on activities to make her class fun, and her students enjoy them to the point where they don't realize they are learning. She is a team player with all of her co-workers, and she never complains. Ms. Berry is even available to both current and former students after the bell rings at the end of the day. She attends their ball games to encourage them, and she even tutors after school. When she had to miss work due to battling cancer, she FaceTimed her class to say hi to her students and to check on them.
"I've worked with her for seven years, and I've never met anyone like her," said Slater. "She teaches me something new every day. There are many teachers that care for their students, but Amy is one of a kind. You can ask anyone that knows her and they will tell you the same. If the world had more teachers, and people in general, like Amy, it would be a much better place. Then again, it's already better for having her in it, and I'm a better person for knowing her."