Janet Berley

Third Grade

B.S. in Education, Illinois State University



Why did you choose to work at MPA?

I chose to work at MPA because I enjoy teaching at an independent school with a small classroom setting where I can focus attention on each and every student, academically and emotionally. I feel that the close relationship of teacher and student is very successful and real at Morgan Park Academy.

How do you inspire students to enjoy learning?

I inspire students by getting to know them as individuals and then adjusting my lessons and activities to tap into their interests so that they truly enjoy learning and get the most out of their class time with me.

What is the most important lesson you want students to learn in your class?

I would like all my students to learn that their voice and opinions matter. I hope that my open environment creates a welcoming setting for all to participate in open ended discussions, share concerns, welcome criticism and foster kindness through compliments and random acts of kindness that are encouraged daily.

What do you want your students to take away from having known you?

I want all my students who have known me and had me as a teacher to feel that they were truly safe and comfortable to be themselves and that I was caring and nurturing to all the different talents they had and that I challenged them to always be their best.

What professional development activities have you participated in recently?

I attended a workshop on Junior Great Books shared inquiry in Chicago, Responsive Classroom training in Chicago, and Learning on the Brain Conference in New York.