Meet Mr. Berry

After the 2020-2021 school year, Natalie Cox, a Geometry Teacher, retired. With that, Colleyville Heritage needed to hire a new Geometry Teacher to fill the spot. The spot was filled by the new Geometry Teacher, Michael Berry.

“I went to Leander High School down in Leander Texas, I am a younger brother, both my parents and my whole family actually went to A&M, and I’m the odd one out. I actually went to Midwestern State University. I played football there for 4½ – 5 years, I played tight end, I started for 2½ – 3 years. I just got married, about 3 and a half months ago, almost 4 months ago. We have 2 pups, One’s a mini-australian shepherd and he’s about a year and a half old, and we have a golden labradoodle, who’s 8 almost 9 weeks old.” 

Mr. Berry went to Leander High School, and graduated college at Midwestern State University, He played tight end on the starting lineup. He has 2 dogs, both under the age of 2, and he was also recently married.

“I’m not involved in a whole lot, other than just trying to get my classroom situated. I am trying to get more involved in the football team, I’m trying to volunteer currently, and I am out there most mornings for about an hour because then I have to leave to get ready to go to my classroom, but they have me helping out on both Thursday nights and Friday nights. But right now, that’s really about it. My biggest concern right now is making sure my classroom and students are where they need to be.”

Berry is not involved in much at the moment, but he is volunteering some of his time into assisting the football team. He is most concerned about making sure that his students and his classroom are where they need to be.

“As much as a teacher should know what they are teaching, I still would like to learn. I mean, even to this day, I’m getting my masters degree. So like, I’m still wanting to learn, I’m still trying to learn, even if you are considered the teacher I think it is still important that you should try to learn.”

Berry believes that it is important that he, other teachers, and students continues to learn. He is currently working on his Master’s degree, and  is still learning new things to this day.

“Probably my biggest goal is that I want to make sure that I can help my students. I want to make sure that I can help the kids to be able to understand math better, to be able to understand Geometry. I know that the past year and a half has been kind of rough with COVID, so just trying to help get past that ‘COVID-block’ so to speak. I’m trying to do everything I can to improve yalls math skills.”

Berry wants to be able to help his students. He understands that with COVID-19 over the past year and a half, things have been more difficult. He wants to do everything he can to improve your math skills.

“I want my students to be able to show and demonstrate mastery of things that I’m teaching. I want them to be open, I want them to know that this classroom is a safe environment. If you have questions, I’m human. I make mistakes. I’m not going to have everything perfect all the time, and I’ll admit to my mistakes. And, I’ll ask questions that I don’t remember or that I need help with, and I want my students to feel that same environment, I want them to be comfortable in this classroom. And by the way, I don’t think there is such thing as a stupid question, stupid questions are the ones that aren’t asked. Even if it is a simple question that they are not understanding, then I want them to ask it. I don’t want the other students to think down on them because they are asking a question that they are not understanding. If they are not understanding then I will do my best to re-explain so they can understand it.”

Berry wants his students to be able to demonstrate their skills in math. He wants them to master the math that he is teaching. He wants you to ask questions, no matter what it is. He wants everyone to be able to understand what he is teaching.

“I am a hard worker. I don’t like taking “No” for an answer. People tell me that I can’t do something, it’s kind of hard for me to shy away from that. It’s a challenge to me. I’ve never been one to back away from challenges, I try to do everything I can to prove people wrong. If they’re wrong about me, I’ll prove them wrong. If they’re right about me, I’ll do my very best to uphold their standards, because my standards are always higher than everyone else’s standards. So if I can meet their standards, then I should definitely be able to meet my standards.”