Linda Bergh, school counselor at Eagle Point Elementary School, has been named a 2012 Herb Kohl Foundation Fellowship recipient. Kohl fellows are chosen for their superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, their ability to motivate others, and for their leadership and service within and outside the classroom. Bergh is one of 100 teachers throughout Wisconsin to receive the honor, which comes with a $1,000 award to the teacher and their school.
Eagle Point Principal Ann Schoenberger praised Bergh saying, “Outside of her classroom responsibilities, Linda is highly involved with students who are at-risk or are struggling in the classroom. Seeing the increase in the number of at-risk students, Linda created a mentoring program for those students. She recruits volunteers from among our staff and other buildings and plans monthly activities for the mentors and mentees to do together. Seeing a need for a commitment to creating a safe environment for our students in school, at home, and in the community, Linda researched and brought The Hands Pledge program to our school and district. Children and their parents will refer to the Hands Pledge to help determine if a behavior is appropriate or not.
Most recently, Linda has created a “Playground Pals” program that a third of our students are choosing to participate in. These students have agreed to play with other students who ask them to, so no one is left feeling lonely or without a friend to play with. This program is in its beginning stages, but I have no doubt it is going to have a very positive impact on our recess behaviors as well as our students’ self-esteems.
Linda is a true treasure and is very much appreciated!”
Bergh and fellow Wisconsin honorees will be honored by Senator Herb Kohl at a recognition ceremony this spring.