Ms. Bergthorson has been awarded four Washington Post Grants in Education, three Loudoun Education Foundation Grants, and a PTO grant for projects which provide enrichment opportunities for students. In 2013, she was awarded a $5,000 grant from the NEA to purchase a class set of Chrome Books.
She has also received a National Council for Teachers of English Leadership Development award, a Veterans of Foreign Wars Middle School Teacher of the Year Award, and the Academic Award in Education Leadership (GMU 2010). Ms. B serves as VATE's (NCTE's VA Affiliate) webmaster. A National Board Certified Teacher, she frequently presents at teaching conferences. In 2012 and 2015 she was a presenter for the Virginia Department of Education (on media literacy and assessment), and is a teacher trainer for the VEA. For LCPS, she is an instructor for two or more 5-week classroom management workshops and a summer instructional strategies workshop each year.
Although very active outside the classroom, Ms. B's main priority is her students, who are encouraged to go beyond the boundaries of the course description. During 2009-2010, three students won prizes in a local writing contest (VFW's Patriot's Pen), and students wrote for a variety of other contests (MADD, Washington Wizards 3 D's, Virginia Middle School Association, Virginia PTA, EPIC and Letters about Literature). Students created digital essays, movie trailers for novels, movies, and PSAs in addition to more traditional writing activities.
Ms. Bergthorson is committed to providing students with opportunities to demonstrate their talents through publication and competition.
At Farmwell, Ms. B was the English SALT (Department Chair), a co-sponsor of the Farmwell literary magazine, and the Lead Mentor for teachers new to Farmwell.
In January 2008, Ms. B was granted a fellowship to attend the graduate program for education administration at George Mason University. In 2010 she was awarded the academic award for Education Leadership from George Mason University, but enjoyed working directly with students too much to leave the classroom. In August of 2014, she began working as a Technology Resource Teacher at Seneca Ridge Middle School.
At home, Ms. B has two adult children. Her husband teaches nuclear physics at George Washington University. Ms. B plays soccer, softball, kayaks, gardens, reads, and loves to cook and travel.
Ms. B can be reached by email - you will most likely get a reply sooner, but please allow 24 hours for a reply.