Teacher Spotlight : Mr. Berg

Tyne Moore, Staff Writer

Mr. Berg was born in Effingham, Illinois, and grew up in rural Altamont, Illinois. He grew up with eight siblings on a small farm with corn, soybeans, and wheat. His mother was a teacher, teachers-aid, and a stay-at-home mom. His father worked as an electrician. He now lives in rural Addieville with his wife Christy, and children, Tricia, Owen, Josephine, and Konrad.

Mr. Berg attended grade school at Altamont Lutheran Interparish School and high school at Altamont Community High School. He became very active in the agriculture program and even served as Section 20 FFA president. After that, he realized he wanted to pursue a career involving agriculture. He attended Lake Land College in Mattoon, Illinois, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education in 2004 and his Master’s Degree in Ag Education from the U of I in 2021. 

Shortly after college, he was hired at Okawville High School. After being re-established as a half-time program for one year, the Okawville agriculture program was moving to a full-time position for the first time in almost twenty years. Mr. Berg helped establish an FFA Alumni affiliate and successfully applied for grants to improve the program. The program has added a greenhouse, PlasmaCAM, CNC router, and additional science equipment. Mr. Berg has done an amazing job bringing back agriculture to this small town. He says he wouldn’t be able to do it without the community and school district. 

He currently teaches Introduction to Ag, Ag Science, Biological Science Applications in Ag, Ag Mechanics, Ag Construction, Horticulture, and Ag Business. He has added a new curriculum using the CASE model in his Ag Business and Ag Construction and Mechanics classes. Next year CASE will expand to include Ag Science and Intro to Ag. He looks to continue to expand student participation in Supervised Ag Experience programs. Mr. Berg enjoys attending FFA events, learning new things, and teaching students about the amazing world of agriculture.