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Mr. Michael Berta
Interim Superintendent 

Mr. Michael BertaMichael is a retired public school superintendent having served Portage Township, Merrillville Community and Valparaiso Community Schools over a 43-year career.  He is a lifetime resident of Northwest Indiana.  As a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent, he always focused on quality of life for students.  He has represented public education in multiple initiatives, including social justice, system improvement, healthcare, workforce development and curriculum improvement.  He and his wife, Tina, reside in Crown Point.  A graduate of Indiana University, he earned his Masters Degree at Valparaiso University, his Administrative Certificate from Purdue University and his Ed.S. from Indiana University.




Wife - Tina Berta, Retired Teacher

Daughter - Alexis Marie, Speech Pathologist, Oak Brook, Illinois

Daughter - Kristina Nikole, Attorney, New York

Son – Michael Anthony John, Assistant Principal, Pierce Middle School, Merrillville, Indiana



Professional Experiences

1971 – Teacher Portage Township Schools

1979-85 – Assistant Principal, Fegely Middle School, Portage

1984-85 – Interim Principal, Crisman Elementary School and Assistant Principal, Fegely Middle School

1985-87 – Principal, Kyle Elementary School, Portage

1987-97 – Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education, Portage Township Schools

1997-2004 – Associate Superintendent, Merrillville Community Schools

2004-12 – Superintendent, Portage Township Schools (Retired 2012)

2012-14 – Superintendent, Valparaiso Community Schools (Retired 2014)

2017-18- Superintendent, Merrillville Community Schools

Dr. Jim McCall
Assistant Superintendent
Mr. Nick Allison
Director of Secondary Education
Ms. Judy Malasto
Director of Elementary Education
Mrs. Sharon Qualkenbush
Chief Financial Officer