Berkeley Preparatory School receives $4 million in gifts

By J.C. Barrott, TBBW Intern

A group of families have gifted a grand total of $4 million to Berkeley’s Endowment for Teaching Excellence.

Shanna and Bryan Glazer, Chad and Sarah Harrod and Carla and Punit Shah’s contributions will impact over 280 faculty members and provide resources needed to positively impact the learning experience of Berkeley’s 1,400 students.

The Glazer’s reason for their $2 million gift was for “providing recognition and support [that] can significantly boost teacher morale, reduce burnout and improve job satisfaction…Our teachers’ dedication, hard work and ability to inspire and educate have a lasting impact on their students and overall advancement of the community.”

Berkeley alumnus Chad Harrod ’95 and his wife, Sarah, realized that “tuition increases alone cannot support paying the best teachers what they deserve,” which led to their $1 million gift.

Carla and Punit Shah also gifted $1 million to Berkeley saying they wanted to make a “lasting impact for the educators that mold the character of our children each day.”

Berkeley Preparatory’s Headmaster Joseph W. Seivold expressed his gratitude for these generous gifts by saying that he is “committed to attracting, retaining and rewarding the most outstanding faculty and staff possible,” and that he is “deeply grateful to the families who have already invested in this effort.”

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