Educating for Personal Excellence
AP Art and Design 11 and 12
College Drawing and Painting
Drawing and Painting
Introduction to Art
Advisor for the National Art Honor Society
Mrs. Berges has been teaching high school art at SHS, which is also her alma mater, for 21 years. She is a graduate of Binghamton University (BA), Hofstra University (MS-Ed) and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (Building Administrator). Prior to teaching, Mrs. Berges was an art therapist for eight years, working with children and adolescents living with cancer and blood disorders. Mrs. Berges is a National Art Education Fund Grant Recipient (2015) and she piloted the Model Cornerstone Assessment (2016) through the National Art Education Association (NAEA). She was honored to be the winner of the Excellence in Teaching Award (2021) at Suffern Central, which is derived from student nominations and awarded by the Suffern Rotary. Mrs. Berges recently joined the NYS Art Teacher's Association (NYSATA) Board of Trustees as a Youth Art Month Co-Chair, and together with her co-chairs was awarded the Claire Flanagan Grand Award (2022) from the Council for Art Education. She has presented workshops at NYSATA and NAEA conferences, adjudicated for the NYSATA Portfolio Project, and wrote for the NYSATA news. Mrs. Berges is the 2023 NYSATA Region 7 Art Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Berges is a wife and mother of three young adults. When not teaching or parenting, she paints murals for residential and commercial clients and spends time at the beach.
Empty Bowls Project Advisor
Introduction to Computer Art
Advanced Computer Graphics
Introduction to Photography
Mountie Media Advisor
Fashion Design and Textiles
Mrs. Ross began teaching Art at Suffern High School in 2005. She has a BFA in Fine Art from SUNY F.I.T. in Manhattan and a Master’s Degree in Art Education from Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY.
Since beginning her teaching journey here in Suffern, she has worked in school districts such as North Rockland and Clarkstown teaching art in grades K-12. Mrs. Ross proudly settled back at SHS in September of 2014, teaching Introduction to Art, Drawing, Fashion and Yearbook Publishing.
Art and Mindfulness
Mrs. Wickes has taught kindergarten through twelfth grade art for over twenty years. She is now in her 9th year in the Suffern Central School District, where she spent five years at the middle school and the remaining at the high school. This year, she teaches Introduction to Art, Art and Mindfulness, and pottery.
Mrs. Wickes obtained an MFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MA in art education from Jersey City State University. Her preferred art form is pottery. She enjoys creating functional forms on the potter's wheel with an added creative twist.
Mrs. Wickes has been a Suffern Central community member for 28 years where she continues to reside with her husband and two cats. Both of her sons attended the Suffern Schools.
In addition to teaching and creating art, Mrs. Wickes enjoys outdoor activities, such as skiing, hiking, and paddleboarding. She also likes to spend time in New York City going to the theater and art exhibits. Other passions include travelling in and out of the United States and spending time with friends and family.