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In 1970 Sam and Sheila Berkowitz began their teaching careers in the Scotland County R-1 School District. Sam started in January, 1970, finishing the semester term for a teacher who had resigned, and both started the fall term in August, 1970, as first-year teachers. The Berkowitzes are graduates of Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University).
Mr. Berkowitz taught History/Social Science, gifted education, and health and physical education and has coached football, basketball, and track in Scotland, Clark, and Schuyler Counties. He founded KMEM radio and was general manager for over ten years, and was the First District State Representative to the Missouri House of Representatives from 1999-2003 then served as Chief-of-Staff to the House Assistant Minority Leader.
Mrs. Berkowitz taught junior high English and gifted education at Scotland County R-1 for thirty years. She is involved in numerous civic activities in the community: Memphis Community Theatre, P.E.O. International, Beta Sigma Phi, First Christian Church, Mark Twain Chorale International, and volunteer for the Academic Quiz Bowl program and Elementary Spelling Bee at SCR-1.
Fifty years later, the Berkowitzes are still involved in education. Sam currently serves on the Scotland County R-1 School Board and volunteers with the school’s Academic Quiz Bowl program which he established in the early 70’s. In 2001 Sheila began working at Truman State University in the Education Department as an instructor in the teacher preparation program. Currently she is the Certification Officer, Assessment Director, and Academic Advisor for the Master of Arts in Education program.