MADISON, Wis. — The Suring 5K-12 principal was the only educator from this area to receive key state recognition.

Pam Berg, a Crivitz native, was named one of 60 educators as the 2020 Educators of Promise by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, in collaboration with the Wisconsin Army National Guard and the Wisconsin Association for Middle Level Education. The group was selected for having a strong potential for educational and community leadership.

Berg, a 1988 graduate of Crivitz High School, previously taught for 20 years at Marinette High School She has been the principal in Suring for five years.

“I find my job in Suring to be challenging and rewarding both,” Berg said. “Working in a K-12 building means you wear many hats and there is never a dull moment.”

Berg admitted she was hesitant to pursue the honor.

“When I learned a staff member had nominated me for the DPI Principal of the Year award, I was deeply honored,” Berg explained. “A part of me almost did not complete my required portion, as it felt weird to acknowledge that maybe I am deserving of such an award. However, I did decide to go through the process. My superintendent, Kelly Casper, encouraged me to go through the process and wrote me a lovely letter of recommendation for the award.”

Teachers, pupil services staff, and administrators from across the state applied to the program. The group was selected through a competitive process, focusing on readiness for learning and leading. The 2020 Educators of Promise serve in unique roles within their respective school districts, and support the DPI in ensuring all Wisconsin students are college and career ready upon graduation.

“Each of the educators named to be part of this prestigious group have such tremendous leadership potential,” State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor said. “This group of educators is dedicated to taking on the challenge of growing, and using their voice and leadership ability to help Wisconsin students succeed in our schools.”

The 2020 Educators of Promise are invited to attend the 2020 Wisconsin Educator Leadership Rendezvous from July 21-23, 2020, at Fort McCoy. The three-day leadership retreat is led by Wisconsin Army National Guard staff and teacher leaders, who serve as assistant squad leaders. With a goal of growing their ability to lead, attendees engage in hands-on learning, team-building activities, seminars, and more.

Berg is excited about this summer’s leadership retreat.

“I did not expect to win the award and was not surprised to hear it had gone to someone else, but was thrilled to learn I had been a finalist in the selection process,” she explained. “When I was invited to go to Fort McCoy for the leadership training and gathering, I was thrilled. After speaking to Mrs. Casper and my husband Leif, I quickly accepted.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to meet with other forward thinking leaders from throughout the state. I hear Fort McCoy is beautiful and expect to have myself challenged as I grow throughout my time there.”

Berg completed her undergraduate work at UW-Green Bay, she earned masters degrees from Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and UW-Oshkosh and she earned a Director of Curriculum and Instruction license from Concordia University in Mequon, Wis. 

For more information on the Educators of Promise program and the rendezvous event, contact DPI Education Consultant Mark Mueller at (608) 266-3945, or at Mark.Mueller@dpi.wi.gov.