Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University of PennsylvaniaSlingerland Trained Teacher 2nd yearMaster's Equivalency
Mrs. Sally Zeigler
Hello everyone. My name is Mrs. Sally Zeigler. I grew up as a Viking in the Shanksville Stonycreek School District, but I became a Berlin Brothersvalley Mountaineer in January of 1984. I started out as a long-term substitute in the Elementary school as a Kindergarten/Art teacher. I was ecstatic as it became official when I was hired full time in the same position in August of the same year. That means I have been a Mountaineer for almost thirty-five years! If someone asks me where I teach, I am very proud to say, “I teach at Berlin!”
I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1979 and continued there for my Master’s Degree. However, along came marriage and two children, so I finished my degree with a Master’s Equivalency. Speaking of marriage and children, I am married to Don Zeigler who is a graduate of the Berlin Brothersvalley School District. You may have seen him working at Berlin Lumber Company. My two children, Donnie Jr. and Joanna are both graduates of Berlin as well. They both went on to complete degrees in college: Donnie at Pitt and Joanna at Penn State. They not only received an excellent education at Berlin, but also enjoyed wonderful opportunities in sports and music. A year ago, in September, I became a grandma to a beautiful little girl named Cecelia. Just recently, I became a grandparent for a second time. Harrison Donald was born in April. Being a grandparent is the best!
In the past thirty-five years, I have spent my time teaching in all the Elementary grade levels. As I mentioned earlier, I started out in Kindergarten, then spent sixteen years in first grade. Next, I moved to second grade for a few years, taught third and fourth grade reading and Social Studies for seven years, and then two years ago returned to second grade. Teaching a child to read is one of the most fulfilling jobs a person could have. It means opening up a whole new world for them!
It has been my pleasure to teach hundreds of wonderful children over the years. Many times, I have gotten to teach all the siblings from one family. And yes, after thirty-five years, I now teach the sons and daughters of former students! I recognize some students in the hallways when they come to kindergarten because they look just like their parents did at that age. It’s also ironic that several of the teachers here at Berlin were my students many years ago!
A lot of changes have taken place at Berlin in thirty-five years. There have been major renovations to the buildings, huge changes in curriculum, definite changes in discipline and behavioral plans, 21st century technology updates, and significant changes is staffing. Most of the teachers who mentored me as a new teacher now have been retired for many years. I also have taught for eight different principals! However, the one thing that has remained the same is the determination, dedication, and caring manner of our teachers and staff. I know first-hand how hard we work to make sure each student receives the kind of education that every child deserves. I know we take our jobs to heart, trying to help each student reach their own potential.
A few summers ago, I fulfilled a dream of mine: to write a children’s book. I wrote “The Big Red Barn Speaks, The Story of the Flight 93 Barn.” The barn depicted in the book, which is my family’s barn, became famous when it appeared in the mushroom cloud photograph after United Flight 93 crashed near Shanksville on September 11, 2001. I hope my book will be read and treasured by readers of all ages in order to honor those heroes who died on that flight.
Working with and serving the children and families of this community has been a true pleasure for 35 years. I feel this may be my last year, and I know it will be one of the best. I am proud to finish my teaching career in a place that I have come to love and cherish.
Sally J. Zeigler