- Middle schools
Jack Berckemeyer, a nationally-recognized presenter, author and humorist, began his career as a middle school teacher in Denver. After two years of teaching he was named an outstanding educator at his school and identified as one of the outstanding educators in the district. In 2003 he received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Falcon School District. Berckemeyer has presented in conference and school district settings both nationally and internationally. He has served as a judge for the Disney American Teacher Awards and on the selection committee for the USA TODAY All-Teacher Team. Berckemeyer was also the assistant executive director for the National Middle School Association for 13 years and is the author of “Managing the Madness – A Practical Guide to Middle Grades Classrooms” and the co-author of “H.E.L.P. for Teachers.” His most recent publications are “Taming of the Team – How Great Teams Work Together” and “Deliberate Optimism – Reclaiming the Joy in Education,” co-authored with Debbie Silver and Judith Baenen. Berckemeyer is currently the owner and director of NUTS and BOLTS – Ready to Lead, Teach and Learn Conferences located in Destin, Fla. and Sandusky, Ohio.