Junior Bernadin is the dean of students and director of IT at the highly-acclaimed Ron Clark Academy (RCA), an innovative middle school and educator training facility. Along with his colleagues, he has helped provide professional development to over 80,000 educators worldwide to learn better ways to engage students, increase academic excellence, and create a climate and culture for success. Mr. Bernadin has spent the past 12 years serving as an expert that helps schools to create, improve, or manage their house system.
Originally, from Miami, Fl. Mr. Bernadin has a B.A. in International Affairs from Florida State University and a M.S. in IT Management from Regis University. He has also held certifications as a Promethean Certified Installer, and Microsoft Certified Professional. In his role as the Dean of Students, he works with the cofounders in carrying out the RCA's culture and climate.
In his role as director of information technology, Mr. Bernadin provides all system support to the Academy as well as maintaining and managing all levels of technical support and integration within the school. In 2009, he organized students participating in RCA's Senior Tech program, a student-led program where senior citizens learn computer literacy skills.
In addition to these impactful roles, he also leads and empowers students by:
In 2017, his students designed apps with other students worldwide as part of a compassion-based engineering project called MAD About Mattering. In 2020 and 2021, Mr. Bernadin served as a TA for multiple cohorts of MIT Media Labs' classroom research pilots, which focused on testing new AI tools and methods for teaching AI material to K-12 students.
Mr. Bernadin continues to dedicate himself to serving youth and the Atlanta community. He serves on the board of directors for Dance Canvas, a nonprofit organization that provides opportunities and venues to increase the awareness of professional dance prospects in Atlanta. He also serves on the board of directors for Building Future Leaders, whose purpose is to establish a set of dynamic, experiential leadership development curricula targeting a wide range of audiences, including but not limited to, high school youth, university students, and professionals. He is a mentor for 100 Black Men of South of Metro Atlanta and life-member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He is a loving husband, father, trusted advisor, an award-winning coach, motivational speaker, and just an overall role model for many.
For his dedication to service and pursuit of excellence, Mr. Bernadin has been recognized as: