Tools For Teachers: Kendra Berry

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UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KPLR) – Teachers have many roles as coach, tutor, adviser, guide, mentor, expert, friend and partner to their students and families. We all have teachers who have made a lasting impact in our lives.

KPLR 11 honored a local teacher today with our Tools for Teachers program presented by Weber Chevrolet (

We received a heartfelt nomination about Ms. Kendra Berry from Pershing Elementary in University City.

We all know that it takes a special person to be a teacher- one that loves, cares, is open, passionate, and willing to go each day pouring into the lives of others. I am sure you will get hundreds of nominees all of which have amazing stories and are amazing individuals.

I am writing you today to tell you about an individual that embodies what a teacher should be. One that loves, guides, motivates, empowers, and builds students every day.

As one of her good friends, I have seen her pour love into her students. She makes it a point to hug each student every morning to let them know they are important. Where some students probably left the house without a hug and smile, Ms. Berry finds a way to show them that they are loved and that where there is love there is respect.

She acknowledges all 23 of her students no matter how many are pulling on her for her attention. For nine years she has been an example to her students. Going from a high school teacher to a 2nd grade teacher she has told me on many occasions that her reason for going to elementary school was because she felt called to be able to pour greatness into her kids’ lives at an early age before the world taints their perceptions of who they can grow to be.

Friday, Kendra Berry was our Tools for Teachers recipient of $500.00 from our sponsor, Weber Chevrolet that he can use in his classroom and 2 tickets to the Ominmax St. Louis Science Center for students in his class

Nominations are being accepted for our next Tools for Teachers recipient:

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