July 1, 2004

Missouri State Teachers Association Endorses Berkowitz

MEMPHIS- The Missouri State Teachers Association, the largest teachers group in the state representing over 42,000 members, has joined a long list of education groups who are supporting the re-election of Sam Berkowitz for the 1st Missouri House District.

In its notification letter to Berkowitz, MSTA said, “Your record on critical issues demonstrates that you are committed to maintaining and improving education in Missouri.”

Gail A. Willis, MSTA’s Political Action Coordinator said in the letter, “We have concluded that you are a pro-education candidate that the voters can continue to enthusiastically support.”

MSTA joins the Missouri National Education Association, the Missouri Association of School Administrators, Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals, the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals, the Missouri United School Insurance Council, and the Missouri Council of Career and Technical Administrators in their endorsement of Berkowitz.

“I am honored to be endorsed by these prestigious groups. I know how important it is to defend rural education in the Missouri legislature. I will continue to fight for fully funding the state formula so that the frontline of education [teachers] is not compromised.”

Berkowitz and his wife Sheila are both life-long teachers. They graduated from Northeast Missouri State University, now Truman State University in 1970. Sheila taught English in the Scotland County R-I School District for 30 years and for the past two years has been a part-time instructor at Truman State University. This fall she will become a full-time professor in Truman State’s Education Department where she will be training the next generation of teachers.

Berkowitz has been an educator and coach in Northeast Missouri for 25 years at Scotland County R1, Clark County R1, and at Schuyler County R1 schools. Berkowitz was also the head football coach at all three schools and has also coached basketball and track. He has teaching certifications in history, journalism, physical education, and health. Berkowitz has also taught gifted education and cooperative occupational education.

“The children of this state are our most important resource. We need to keep our children at the top of our priority list and to assure that our teachers have the resources to teach effectively.”

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