Certified Personnel Manager

Dr. Berry

Dr. Michael Berry
Certified Personnel Manager
(785) 295-3027
[email protected]

Dr. Berry grew up In Virginia where he attended Longwood College near the capital city of Richmond.  At university, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education 4-8 in addition to a Reading Endorsement for grades K-12.  Later, he received his master’s degree as a Reading Specialist.  He then spent the next 27 years in International Education working in Mexico, Costa Rica, Oman, Singapore, and Indonesia as a Teacher, Principal, and Head of School (Superintendent).  


As a senior school leader, Dr. Berry oversaw all aspects of school including academics, extracurriculars, and recruiting. While recruiting, he attended numerous recruitment job fairs in the cities of Boston, Bangkok, London, Singapore, and Melbourne searching for International Educators to bring to his school to enhance the teaching and learning benefitting the students.  He plans to utilize his experience recruiting international teachers to continue to add more diversity and internationalism to the 501 District.


While overseas, Dr. Berry participated in the first International Doctoral Cohort through Wilkes University in Pennsylvania.  After earning his doctorate, he joined the Wilkes faculty as an adjunct professor where he still enjoys teaching today.  He facilitates two courses at the doctorate level including Leadership, Diversity, and, Social Change and Organizational and Leadership Theory.  He also teaches a class entitled Intercultural Communication at the master’s level.


Dr. Berry’s wife, Lucia, enjoys her role as a 3rd-grade teacher at Scott Dual Language Magnet School.  They have two children who attend Washburn Rural Middle and High School respectfully.  The family is delighted with their new lives in Topeka. 


He looks forward to working with the Human Resources team to continue its support of Topeka Public Schools.

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