Photo courtesy Yelm Community Schools (YCS)
YCS Superintendent Andy Wolf, Civic Educator of the Year Ed Bergh,
YHS Principal Brian Wharton, and Legislative Representative JT Wilcox.
Bergh being honored as Washington Civic Educator of the Year
Lisa Pemberton penned this report in today’s Olympian:
Educating kids, learning himself
YELM: Recently honored by the state, teacher Ed Bergh talks about life, career
“Yelm High Schools Ed Bergh recently was honored as Washington Civic Educator of the Year by the state Legislature.
He teaches world problems, history and a variety of American government electives.
‘He loves what he helps his students accomplish,’ said Yelm High Principal Brian Wharton. ‘This passion and energy motivates other teachers.’
Bergh, 60, of Olympia, talked to The Olympian about his career. Here are excerpts of the conversation.”
“Ive taught for 38 years (all at Yelm High School). Ive also ended up doing quite a bit of research and writing on the history of Yelm.”
“Two years ago, while I was watching television, I suddenly developed double vision. It turns out I had a walnut-sized tumor on my brain. The tumor is a chordoma tumor. Its not cancerous, but its very difficult to treat.”
“The tumors remnants are dormant, so I get to live forever again.”
Bergh is also the founder of the Yelm History Project.