Pasco County Teacher of the Year Addresses Education Students

October 15, 2013

Fifty undergraduate education students from Saint Leo University were inducted into Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education, in a ceremony held earlier this month at University Campus. The undergraduate education program is offered at University Campus and other teaching locations in Florida. Students from Lake City, Ocala, Gainesville, Madison, and Palatka joined their fellow students at University Campus for the induction.

Paula Berry, the 2013 Pasco County Teacher of the Year, offered an inspirational keynote address that was sprinkled with bits of humor. Berry, who specializes in high school English, told the future educators why she developed a habit of greeting students with a handshake when they enter her class. “It lets them know I acknowledge them as an individual, and adolescents appreciate that.” So-called “casual Fridays” are the only times Berry (pictured, at podium) doesn’t offer a handshake, and then, “we fist bump.”

Berry also read portions of heartwarming letters she has received over the years from former students. One student wrote to compliment Berry for being “the coolest nerd ever.”

A faculty member was also admitted to the honor society, Dr. Susan Hill (pictured), who teaches in Lake City.