Ben Berkness Honored as Fox 9 ‘Top Teacher’

FAIR School Pilgrim Lane Teacher Ben Berkness Honored as Fox 9 ‘Top Teacher’
Posted on 04/23/2019
Surprise ceremony for Ben Berkness, Fox 9 Top TeacherCongratulations to Ben Berkness, Kindergarten teacher at FAIR School Pilgrim Lane, who was honored today as a Fox 9 ‘Top Teacher’!

More than 400 teachers were nominated for the 2019 Fox 9 Top Teacher award. Nine recipients are selected each year. Mr. Berkness was nominated by Missy Ruddy, a parent of one of his students.

Ms. Ruddy wrote: “Mr. B. has made a huge impact on his school and students. He treats each kid separately. He helps them at their individual levels instead of teaching them all the same things. He listens and shows the students he cares and in turn, the students are able to go up to him with anything they need. He makes these cartoon books for the students. He draws characters and makes multiple short stories for the kids to take home. These books help the kids learn to read and enjoy reading!”

During the surprise ceremony, Fox 9 reporter Rob Olson presented Mr. Berkness with the Crystal Apple Award, along with a $1,000 check from Royal Credit Union and a Subway sandwich party for 50 friends.

Mr. Berkness will also be recognized at an upcoming School Board meeting.

Mr. Berkness