Before coming back to Penn full time, Ms. Bergey taught for 29 years in public and private elementary and middle schools, primarily as a science specialist and coordinator. Highlights of this work included teaching Lego robotics, developing the curriculum for a K-8 program across three schools, designing elementary and middle school science labs/classrooms, and coordinating yearly school-wide science units.
During these years, Ms. Bergey also participated in exhibit design, wrote wall copy, designed activity books, and taught both children and adults for the Franklin Institute and the Academy of Natural Sciences. Ms. Bergey served as an adjunct professor at Penn (1982, 1983, 1997, 2001-2005), Chestnut Hill College, and Arcadia University. She helped in the development of the NSF-funded Penn-Merck Collaborative for the Enhancement of Science Education and served as the head of its Summer Institute II (Biological and Earth Sciences) from 1996 to1999. Ms. Bergey also worked on the development of courses for the Middle School Integrated Science Education Program (MISEP) at Penn and co-taught the biology course in its first year.