2020 NCSLA Michael C. Jackson Distinguished Service Awardee - Brend Berg

Brenda BergThe NCSLA Michael C. Jackson Distinguished Service award goes to a person was has performed a great service to science education in North Carolina. NCSLA has selected Brenda Berg as the 2020 Michael C Jackson Distinguished Service Award winner, which is supported by ExploreLearning.

As the President & CEO of BEST NC for the last six years, Brenda has helped unite the business community around the goal of significantly transforming the way North Carolina’s public education systems operates.

With the mission of ensuring all North Carolina students have access to high quality teachers and school leaders, Brenda has led the charge on specific policy changes that have reimagined the principal preparation pipeline, created new career opportunities for master teachers, provided embedded professional development for novice teachers, and that have implemented new strategies for recruiting teachers to high-needs subject areas like STEM and Special Education. By advocating for the Transforming Principal Preparation Program, the Advanced Teaching Roles Pilot Program, and the new North Carolina Teaching Program, BEST NC, under Brenda’s leadership, has championed innovative education solutions are increasing the quality of the educators in our state.

Additionally, with the August 2019 launch of TeachNC, BEST NC has begun yet another initiative aimed at driving more qualified candidates into the teaching profession, especially in our state’s highest need schools and subject areas. Brenda was a leading force in raising private dollars to ensure North Carolina could launch this comprehensive recruitment initiative.  Under Brenda’s leadership these initiatives are providing resources and solutions for the better quality of education in NC. 

NCSLA would like to congratulate Brenda Berg for all her efforts in winning this distinguished award!  We will be recognizing Brenda at the Fall Summit this November in Winston Salem, NC since the Spring Summit was cancelled due to COVID 19 restrictions.