love of teaching

By Morgan Hart

As an 8th grader at MGS, I have gotten to know a lot of the staff at our school. Giving an inside look at what being a student at MGS is like, let me share some information about Mrs. Bernitt.

  • Mrs. Bernitt: K-8 PE and health teacher     

  1. What has been your favorite memory from this school year so far? 

I did a bowling unit in December with my younger students. I had some of the 8th grade study hall students aid with my kindergarten and first grade students. We did some very fun Bowling Bingo Games! I loved seeing the older students interact so positively with the younger students.  The kindergarten and first grade students' faces lit up when the 8th graders came to assist.  Not only did they help set up with bowling pin placement and rolling techniques, but the positive encouragement they offered, along with learning their names was a WIN, WIN situation for all the students involved. 

  1. What is your favorite part of your job? 

My favorite part is being able to work across so many grade levels, though it is very challenging to learn all those students’ names! I love that in both Physical Education and Health and Wellness, I have a chance to instill in young minds that taking care of your overall health, both physically and mentally is a life-long skill that must be practiced and maintained. It is also a big part of my job to make sure students are having FUN while becoming physically and mentally fit.

  1. Did you have a favorite subject in school?

I would say it was a toss up between Math and Social Studies (History). Mental math has always been a strong suit of mine. A special shout out to my High School Math teacher, Dave Lang.

  1. How long have you been working at the school? 

This is my first full year in Physical Education, but previously I worked 3 years part-time in & 7th and 8th Grade Health. However, I have worked as an aide and as a long-term substitute here at MGS for about the last 20 years in various grade levels and subjects!

  1. What is your favorite sport/activity to do with kids in PE? 

Basketball is a passion of mine, both watching and playing. I have thoroughly enjoyed offering some of my expertise on this subject across all nine grade levels. I have incorporated a little March Madness excitement by putting my students in the top ten College Basketball team line-ups, which I will revisit during the March Madness Tournament in March. I love to see the improvement in all the children, both socially as team players and physically as they work on various basketball skills through pick-up games and drills. 

  1. Lastly, what is one piece of advice that you would like to share with people?

It is not how good you are at a specific sport or skill. It is most important that you work and play your hardest and always shoot for improvement, while always being kind while participating. There is no “I” in TEAM!!!