BIO

  • Born in Macon, Georgia

 

  • In 1982 graduated from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York, with a B.A. in English 

 

  • In 1984 earned MPA from the State University of New York at Albany

 

  • In 1986 began his teaching career at P. S. 40 in Jamaica, New York

 

  • In 1988 taught English at Boys and Girls H.S. 

 

  • In 1991 taught at Intermediate School 59 in Springfield Gardens, New York

 

  • In 1993 earned MS in School Administration & Supervision at Baruch College

 

  • In 1994 became assistant principal at J.H.S. 192 in St. Albans, New York

 

  • In 1994 became assistant principal of pupil personnel services at Far Rockaway H.S.

 

  • In 1997 was assigned and later appointed principal at Beach Channel H.S.

 

  • In 1998 received the New York State Title I Distinguished Educator Award

 

  • In 2001 received the Queens Borough President’s African American Advisory Council Educator of the Year Award

 

  • In 2001 selected as Educator of the Year from Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. 

 

  • In 2003 assigned as the senior superintendent for alternative schools and programs in New York City

 

  • In 2003 selected as a Revson Fellow at Columbia University

 

  • In 2005 resigned and authored his first book, Reflections of an Urban High School Principal

 

  • In 2007 began doctoral studies at Columbia University’s Teachers College, where he earned his third master’s degree

 

  • In 2009 returned to BGHS as the principal to “continue to fight the good fight for children”

 

  • In 2014 resigned as principal to complete his doctoral studies

 

  • In 2015 earned doctorate in Education Leadership from Columbia University 

 

  • He is currently an author, child advocate, and educator

 

  • Bernard is the proud father of a wonderful and inspirational daughter, Atiya.