Teacher Marsha Bertram received a plaque from local Chamber of Commerce President Scott Upchurch and WCHS Principal Justin Alley
Bertram dined with colleagues 21st Century Coordinator Katherine Kidd and retired Counselor Karen Guffey at the Chamber luncheon
Technology teacher named Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year
Wayne County Schools congratulates WC Area Technology Center Teacher Marsha Bertram on being named the Monticello Wayne County Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year. She recently attended a luncheon ceremony held during the local Chamber of Commerce meeting. She was amongst several local individuals who were recognized by the Chamber of Commerce for their contributions.
“We could not be more proud of Mrs. Bertram. She exhibits a high bar for excellence through her instruction and has helped our school move forward, especially with her assistance in technology,” said Wayne County High School Principal Justin Alley.
This school year, Bertram has moved her high school classroom into the new Area Technology Center building where she teaches a wide variety of tech related topics, along with a 3D printing lab and green screen video area. Her classroom offers several stations. She wants her students to learn by doing, to discover through hands-on inquiry, and to apply new found skills and talents to their personal lives and goals. Perhaps her professional background gives her this unique insight that benefits local students. Prior to becoming a public educator; she substitute taught for four years and worked as a systems analyst for UK College of Agriculture. Both of these experiences helped to positively impact how she designs and facilitates learning in her classroom.
Bertram invests her time and energy into learning many new topics, tech-related skills, hardware, and software, all for the betterment of her students and profession. She has published professional articles in Kentucky Literacy Links and presented at the state KY Society of Technology in Education Conference. In addition, she has participated in EKU’s Writer’s Workshop and the Kentucky Reading Project. She has also been a presenter at the Kentucky Reading Association conference and served on the KY Department of Education ELA Standards group.
She is not afraid of the phrase, “I’ve never done that before.” Instead, she is the first to say, “I can learn how to do that.” She teaches her students to always try new things and models a work ethic that educators want their students to have.
She is always willing to help colleagues and share with them all the many wonderful tools she has discovered, while also having served as the high school’s building technology representative. She was instrumental in leading the high school’s initiative to go one to one in student Chromebooks. She helped coordinate the delivery of over 900 Chromebooks to students, daily repairs of the computers, issuing and retrieving day loaners to students – just to name a few of the tasks related to her classroom’s work as they operate more like a business. She implemented a student help desk in which she trains students to trouble shoot and repair computers throughout the school.
Bertram coordinates many competitions that benefit the students and school. She made sure the high school participated in a large variety of technology related events and logged those hours, leading the high school to become a winner in the state-wide Maker Minded competition. She has sponsored many students in technology competitions and advanced many to winning positions through the Technology Student Association. She has also served as a computer Science AP reader for two years, giving students the opportunity to take an Advanced Placement test which could earn them college credit, and she is a regional trainer/mentor for code.org, helping students learn coding and computer programming.
Bertram is a wife and mother who exemplifies the true definition of a working mom. Having raised three children, each of which now work as successful, independent adults, she practices in her personal life, the character traits she teaches in the classroom. She is involved in her local church, First Baptist of Monticello, where she has served in numerous outreach events including Vacation Bible Schools, Back to School events, children’s church and community fall festivals. She has also worked in the 21st Century Program as an educator, while also hosting many field trips. She has served as a Girl Scout leader and county coordinator, as well as hosted farm tours for school children through Bertram’s Fun on the Farm event.
Her dedication to her classes has even been demonstrated during her recent bout with cancer. She experienced an emergency surgery in which a 12 pound tumor was removed from her abdomen last year. She has fought to recover and is still fighting cancer with daily medication and checkups with her team of doctors. Fortunately for the technology students and school staff, she is in the classroom and has overcome her initial battle with this disease.
“She is most deserving of being named the Monticello-Wayne County Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year,” said Principal Alley.