The challenge of successfully preparing children both academically and emotionally for their upcoming years inspired me to become a teacher. ESM’s unique blend of traditional academic disciplines and non-traditional innovative programs sets ESM apart from its magnet school peers. Prior to ESM, I taught for seven years at Milner School in Hartford. My final three years I taught 6th grade during that time I discovered that was the grade I enjoyed the most.
My hobbies include following and watching a variety of sports and athletic teams. Also, I enjoy cooking and participating in activities to help stay fit and healthy. I have a B.A. in Public Relations from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. In addition, I received my M.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Hartford and a 6th year certification in Administration from American International College in Springfield, MA. I currently reside in Wethersfield, CT.
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Mrs. Berggren grew up in San Mateo, California the only girl in a family of six children. She spent her childhood roaming the Wild West coast beaches, riding horses in the Skyline Mountains, back packing in the Sierra Nevada’s, and snow skiing at the Lake Tahoe resorts. Directly after high school she moved to Colorado for a year in which she worked at Vail Ski Resort. Her job entailed skiing to work and back every day!
Shortly after returning to California she moved to Connecticut with friends. Elisa studied at Central Connecticut State University where she earned a master’s degree in elementary education, and recently, a 092 certificate in educational leadership. She loves working in a large, diverse, progressive urban school district that offers many opportunities to help students and families.
She believes that all students have special unique qualities and that it is within these qualities greatness can be found. She has taught 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 6th grade. She and her husband have two grown children, a marine biologist and an electrician. She spends her free time doing things like traveling the USA on a motorcycle, relaxing on beaches in Aruba, studying Spanish in Salamanca Spain, and climbing ancient temples in Tikal Guatemala.
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I've been teaching since 2000. I enjoy sharing love for the world around us through each class and each student. Making connections between nature and the arts is very exciting to me!
Let's connect, communicate, and discover our purpose while on this middle school journey together.
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