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2008 Colorado Teacher of the Year

Seth Berg
Teacher, K-12 Math/Science
Telluride High School, Telluride
Telluride R-1

Seth Berg

Telluride High School

The greatest influence to Seth’s classroom management style was Johnny Carson. Seth says, “A performer needs an audience just as an audience needs a performance, and this relationship is equally applicable to teachers and students.” His teaching philosophy includes an atmosphere of playfulness and enjoyment for exploring intellectual ideas and abstract concepts, appreciating the power of the mind, the stimulation of curiosity, and the satisfaction of growth. According to Mary Rubadeau, Superintendent of Telluride School District, “Seth inspires students by building relationships and setting high, clear standards for achievement.”

Seth also creates a close bond with colleagues. Seth presents research-based “Best Practices” at faculty meetings and his colleagues are most appreciative. He says, “Teachers are wary of “Ivory Tower” advice, but they trust me because I am “in the trenches” and my students’ accomplishments confirm that I must be doing something right.” According to Peter Mueller, Principal at Telluride High School, “Seth works well with others because he focuses on how to teach students well – it’s not about ego for Seth, it’s about being the best educator one can be and that is why he has established himself as a truly remarkable educator.”

Seth can be reached at:
Telluride R-1
Telluride High School
725 W. Colorado Avenue
Telluride, CO 81435

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