Meet Amber Berry, a mother of two who moved to Greenwich with her family in 2021. She and her husband, who are college sweethearts, enjoy spending time in Binney Park and going on family hikes. As Head of Middle School at St. Luke’s, Amber loves how the students are “energetic and curious and really give me so much life each day.” Read more about Amber to find out her favorite local spots and what she loves about the community.
Can you tell us about your family?
I have two sons. Cameron is 5 and just started Kindergarten and Christian is 3. My husband Adam and I are college sweethearts.
When did you move to Greenwich and what led you to settle there?
We moved to Greenwich in the spring of 2021. Adam and I were both raised in the suburbs and knew we wanted to own a home and raise a family outside of the city. Location was the primary driver for choosing Greenwich because we sought a compromise in our commutes–unfortunately we work really far apart so it took some time. We love that Greenwich is a big place and yet each neighborhood retains a small town feel.
What are your favorite family activities in the area?
We love to go on hikes. Our favorites so far include: Mianus River Park, Pomerance Park, Newman Mills Park, and the Greenwich Audubon Center.
What is your role at St. Luke’s School, and how long have you been there?
I am the Head of Middle School at St. Luke’s and this is year 13 for me!
What is the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is the kids. I have always loved school, and I have always loved children. That’s why I became a teacher! Middle Schoolers are energetic and curious and really give me so much life each day. It’s rewarding to know that what we do every day will have a lasting impact on our students. They’re building so many foundations that allow them to thrive in high school, but also in life. We really get to know each child and then get to cheer them on as they grow, gain confidence, and discover who they are and who they want to be. I’m grateful because I find so much joy in my work.
Name one thing people would be surprised to know about you.
Most people are surprised that I am an avid freshwater fisherwoman. I catch, clean, and cook myself. My grandmother passed down the tradition! I love the thrill of bass fishing, but prefer catfish because they are delicious.
When you need “me time,” what are your favorite ways to escape?
Shopping in-person as a nice break from online shopping. I also try to make time for a manicure on a regular basis. I can definitely be found enjoying an action movie or silly rom-com on the weekend as well.
What’s the best advice you’ve received from another mom?
I was told at my baby shower that the days will be long, but the years will be fast. This is 100% true and I made a decision not to wish away the experiences along the way. I don’t pine for the next milestone and try hard to live in the moment. (Honestly though, I’m really not a fan of potty training! Like at all.)
Any words of wisdom for living life well?
I say to my kids all the time, “We can do hard things.” I framed the saying for their space, but have kept it because I need the daily reminder!
We like to support local businesses. What are your favorite places in the area to:
Have dinner: Abis is a fabulous experience, has great food, and is family friendly! Those hit everything on my list.
Spend time together as a family outdoors: Binney Park with a stop at the library is a lovely weekend afternoon experience.
Grab coffee: Coffee for Good is the place to go for a totally uplifting experience.