Ms. Berk joined the St. Cletus team in 2018. During the 2018/2019 school year, Ms. Berk served as sponsor and mentor for four students who tackled the Regional IJAS Science Fair and all four students went on to qualify at the IJAS State Fair level. One student even won prizes and a special accommodation from the American Nuclear Society! Over the summer, Ms. Berk was selected to attend the ASM Materials Education Foundation’s Materials Science Camp and cannot wait to incorporate all that she learned at the weeklong camp. In terms of academics, Ms. Berk received her Masters in Middle Grades Education from DePaul University. Outside of school, Ms. Berk loves to bake (quiche, anyone?), cannot ever play enough board games, and loves writing/reading (she even got engaged at the American Writers Museum!) Ms. Berk cannot wait for students to start engaging with each other and the world around them through the hands-on experiments and engineering design challenges she creates for her students.