Julie Bergin is the 2012 Mom Congress Delegate for New York. She grew up in Ireland and currently lives and works on Long Island in New York with her husband Martin and two children, Kyle and Emily. She is very involved in PTA and currently holds position of PTA Co-President in her daughter's elementary school, and Legislative Representative in her son's middle school.
What book is currently on your nightstand? The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
One thing that is going great in education in your state: There are many education changes going on in NYS right now. We are beginning to align with the Common Core Standards, and I hear from other states that this is going great. I hope we can fine-tune it to work here in New York also.
One thing you wish could be improved in education in your state: State Testing seems to be taking over. I am worried a little about the strain this takes on kids, especially the 3rd graders who have to sit for very lengthy periods to test now.
Your favorite teacher (and why): My earlier education was in Ireland. My favorite teacher was Ms. Noreen Ahern. Ms. Ahern taught the equivalent of 3rd and 4th Grade. She made our classes fun by learning from doing. We would go on cycling trips around the surrounding area and learn about science and geography. Her involvement in the arts allowed me to indulge in my passion for theatrics, which I believe I have passed on to my son. She is currently the principal of that same school in Ireland that I attended, which is a great accomplishment in what was once a male dominated field.
Secret indulgence: Chocolate (maybe not such a secret) and listening to Opera.
Favorite quote: "The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude."
Biggest wish for your kids: I think good health and happiness are the most important wishes I could have for my kids. I would like for them to be good citizens, to have a great education, to succeed and never want for anything!
Most rewarding/challenging stage of parenthood thus far (and why): The most rewarding stage of parenthood, thus far, has been seeing my children try and succeed. My children are very outgoing and very hardworking. The most rewarding part is that they are good sports, not sore losers, and this applies both academically and athletically.
The most challenging stage of parenthood thus far I would have to say has been my son’s graduation from Elementary School to Middle School and the independence that goes with it! I am probably speaking for a lot of Moms when I say it’s hard to let them go. We would all like to keep a tight rein and hold on to the innocence and cuteness of our babies.
Favorite family tradition: Thanksgiving Dinner in Virginia with my parents, siblings and our families. Touring our Nation’s Capital during our stays.
Favorite family activities: When I am not a spectator at my kids many sporting events and musical events throughout the year, we like to travel, and go on adventures. Even hopping on the train and going to the city is a great family activity. We sometimes end up at the museum, a Broadway show, Central Park or Madame Tussaud's. Madison Square Garden for a NY Rangers hockey game was our latest surprise adventure!