Michaela Bush

Berryhill Elementary School

Although our SREY isn’t on Broadway, she is our very own “triple threat”—a committed SRC parent, an exemplary employee (who’s working toward her teaching certification), and a champion for our community. Four years ago, our nominee left her job as a dental hygienist to work as a paraprofessional. Her reason was partly because her child (who was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis) was starting Kindergarten. She thought that it would be helpful to be nearby if he ever needed her. However, the students and staff here have come to realize that we have needed her just as much (if not more) than he does!! In addition to her time spent working with struggling readers in the Early Intervention Program, she has coordinated numerous school-wide events including the quarterly positive behavior reward system for our cafeteria. She brought in the Blue Wahoos for our Reading Kick-off. For last year’s space theme, she contacted a former NASA astronaut and coordinated his visit; not just for our school, but for several others in our county. She recently invited the Pace and Milton drumlines, cheerleaders, and UWF football players to join in celebrating our students’ reading goals. Our triple threat also co-leads the Literacy Committee which provides Christmas book-inspired treats for our staff and much more! We are lucky to have her and we believe she would be perfect to represent Santa Rosa County since she is already a “STAR” in our book!