Chris Berger was elected to the Gettysburg Borough Council in November, 2017. He and his wife, Annie Byrne, have owned a home and resided in the Second Ward for the past twenty years. Chris is excited for the opportunity to serve this historic community and hopes to promote the common good for residents, businesses, and visitors alike.
A native of Altoona PA, Chris graduated from Bishop Guilfoyle High School where he was a three-sport athlete and captain of their 1987 undefeated football team. He attended Juniata College where he earned a B.A. in History and was a three-year starter in football. Chris completed graduate school credits in history at Duquesne University and earned his M.Ed. in Educational Leadership at Shippensburg University.
Chris began his professional career in corrections education as an intern at SCI Smithfield and taught for ten years at South Mountain Secure Treatment Unit, a maximum security juvenile facility in the area. In 2000, Chris was awarded the PA Teacher of the Year for juvenile corrections education for his work teaching history to serious juvenile offenders.
In 2006, Chris moved on to teach at-risk students as the alternative education teacher in the Upper Adams School District. Since 2012, he has been teaching 8th grade American History in the Upper Adams Middle School.
During his twenty-year career in education, Chris has also served the community as a mobile therapist and counselor to autistic and at-risk teens, as well as coaching football and basketball. He is an active parishioner of St. Francis Xavier in Gettysburg, where he has served on the Athletic Board and as a coach, and continues volunteering as a catechist and member of the Adult Choir.
Chris and his wife Annie are proud parents of their sons Ben, who is attending Temple University as a music education major and member of the Diamond Band, and Will, who is a junior at Gettysburg Area High School and is active in many sports.
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January 2, 2018