Berks County employers are facing critical workforce shortages. They are worried about the shrinking pool of educated, skilled workers available to them now and in the future and they are looking to the education community for help in finding a solution to this dilemma.

Schools can’t fix the problem by themselves but they can help. Curricula can build job readiness and strengthen the skills that are most crucial to employers. Teachers and counselors can inform students about workforce supply and demand, career trends, and potential employment opportunities in Berks County.

Participating in the insideBERKSbusiness program will give educators valuable insights into these matters within the context of the local business scene. Fortified with the knowledge gleaned from their internship experience, educators will be able to enrich their career education instruction and counseling efforts.


  1. The first step for educators is to apply to the program.
  2. Read the educator brochure and the intro letter.
  3. The 2019 insideBERKSbusiness application.

Benefits for Educator Interns
Inside look at a Berks company or organization – Better understanding of the local employment landscape – Insight into up-to-date business practices – Exposure to modern workplace technologies – Increased awareness of the need for career preparation – Relevant, first-hand experiences to enrich instruction

Compensation for Interns – $500 stipend – 40 Act 48 credits


We invite you to learn about the iBb program by reading the content on this site and by reading the business brochure. If you would like to discuss being a business partner for 2019, please contact Stacy Dunleavy or Heidi Gamler.

Benefits for Businesses
Show teachers which skills are vital to your business – Market careers facing critical workforce shortages – Influence the educational program – Promote employment opportunities at your firm – Achieve positive public relations via community outreach – Finite time commitment – No fee to participate


The iBb program for 2019 will provide wonderful opportunities for learning and collaboration between the education and business communities of Berks County.

Each year, we make an effort to recruit business partners that match the interests of the educators who apply to the program. The sooner we know what fields educators are interested in experiencing in 2019, the sooner we can prospect for willing business participants.


(Click on interns name to view projects.)

Regina BarlettaWyomissingQuadrant EngineeringGrades 7-9 School Counseling
Elaine CaffarelliTulpehockenEast PennGrade 7 Study Skills/Library Research
Jessica ChristmanTwin ValleyBerks County Conservation DistrictGrades 9-12 Gifted Support, Chemistry
Kristi CobleExeter TownshipSafe BerksGrades 9-12 Special Education/Emotional Support
Jessica FrankHamburgBerks County Park & Rec.Grade 6 Learning Support
Suzanne HoffmanBoyertownMet-EdGrades 10-12 Biology and Environmental Science
Joel KleinspehnSchuylkill ValleyMet-EdGrade 4
Joseph KollarWyomissingTower HealthGrades 8-12 AP Chem, Honors Chem, Physical Science
Kylie LaSotaKutztownWest Reading BoroughGrade 1
Eric LynchBCTCEast PennGrades 9-12 Culinary Arts
Beatrice Martinez-CrespoGovernor MifflinCrowne PlazaSpanish I
Teresa McCarthy-WrightHamburgWhite Star Tours & TravelGrades 9-12 English, Gifted, Librarian
Sara McHaleTwin ValleyEast PennGrades 7-9 Spanish I and II
Denise PaulsonBCTCWeidenhammerGrades 10-12 Computer Programming
Tracy PeppiattHamburgBerks County Park & Rec.Grades K-5 Speech-Language Pathology
Michele SchoenerKutztownPA German Cultural Heritage CenterGrades 3-4 Learning Support
Elizabeth SchuckerSchuylkill ValleyBerks Conservation DistrictGrade 4
Brad SelbstGovernor MifflinCaron FoundationGrades 11-12 English
Lisa SpeeceExeter TownshipTower HealthSpanish I & II
Luis VanderhorstReadingEast PennGrade 6 Social Studies

Stacy Dunleavy – 610-987-8496 –
Heidi Gamler – 610-987-8548 –