Two Berkeley Teachers Earn Excellence in Science/Mathematics Teacher Award
Berkeley Preparatory School science and mathematics teachers Verla Strain and Carmen Raterman have been recognized as recipients of the Excellence in Science/Mathematics Teacher Award by the Barrett Family Foundation. They were two of six recipients of a $10,000 cash award given to outstanding math and science teachers from private high schools in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. They join their colleagues Martha DeWeese and David Ide who were previously recognized for their excellence in teaching by the Barrett Foundation.
Strain, who has been a math teacher at Berkeley since 2009 said, “I am honored to receive the Barrett Family Foundation Award. I am beyond grateful for being recognized for doing something I absolutely love to do. It’s awesome to be able to show my children and my students that hard work and being passionate about what you do leads to success.”
Raterman, who has been a science teacher at Berkeley for 12 years added, “I want to thank the Barrett Family Foundation for honoring the work I do as a science teacher. I value the Foundation’s commitment and generosity to the teaching profession. This award fills me with even more inspiration to continue encouraging my students to be excited about science and the amazing opportunities the STEM fields have to offer.”
According to the Barrett Family Foundation, they established the Excellence in Science/Mathematics Teacher Award as a vehicle to recognize deserving educators. Through this award, the Foundation “proudly honors outstanding high school teachers who share their energy and enthusiasm for science or mathematics through creative and innovative methods.” The award further seeks to recognize teachers who are utilizing methods to cultivate student interest and ability in both fields of study.
The Barrett Family Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 public charity based in Clearwater. Founded in 2013, the foundation is one of few organizations of its kind to directly award teachers.