When students have issues, they have the perfect person to turn to: Jean Berger, administrative assistant in the Office of Teacher Education in the Beeghly College of Education. A natural organizer with a warm smile and gentle personality, Jean could not be better suited for her responsibilities. For any issue at hand, students know they can turn to her for guidance and support. Scheduling, organizing faculty, ordering books and workload issues are daily tasks – modestly she claims that these are things “we” do. She especially likes to see students progress and reach their career goals.
A Columbiana County native, Jean attended Crestview schools. She and her husband, Kevin, bought their home in New Waterford 13 years ago, and Jean has been gradually redecorating, painting and wallpapering as she finds time. During the summer months, Jean enjoys gardening and then canning her vegetables to use during the winter. Baking is another passion, whether pies to be sold at the local farmer’s market or cookies for weddings. “I love baking, as long as I have people to bake for,” she laughs. Other than pies and homemade jams, her favorite item to make is a calla lily cookie, a delicacy that looks like the flower.
Fortunately, Jean’s three children and grandchildren are nearby to enjoy her treats. Her daughter, Lindsay, is a Spanish teacher for United Local School District in Hanoverton; son Landon is a state trooper; and son Logan works with Jean’s husband at their agricultural business, Berger Brush Mowing.