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John Bernard

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About Me

Since 2013 John Bernard works as a consultant mentoring and coaching superintendents, district office administrators, principals and teachers in California school districts and California county offices of education. He also works for private sector businesses as a leadership and communications coach, and serves as a WASC Chairperson for school accreditation visits and reports in California and Hawaii.

Prior to 2013, John Bernard served as Interim Superintendent and subsequent superintendent’s coach for the Mt. Diablo Unified School District, and before that he served for three years as the State Administrator for the King City Joint Union HSD in Monterey County, now named the South Monterey County Joint Union HSD.

John Bernard had retired in June 2008, after more than 38 years in California public education, having served as Superintendent of Schools in Newark Unified School District (Alameda County), Novato Unified School District (Marin County), and Bakersfield City School District (Kern County) - the largest K-8 school district in California with more than 27,000 students. Prior to becoming a superintendent, he was the Director of K-12 Instruction, and later the Assistant Superintendent, in Mt. Diablo Unified School District (Contra Costa County). John Bernard began his career at San Francisco Unified School District where he worked for twenty years as a classroom teacher, resource teacher, assistant principal, personnel administrator and principal. Prior to and overlapping his career in education, John worked eight years in data processing for Bank of America in San Francisco.


A native of the Oakland, CA, John Bernard is a product of the Oakland Public Schools as are his three grown children. His eight grandchildren are educated in CA & NV public schools. John earned his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from San Francisco State in Psychology and Education Administration, respectively; and earned his Doctorate in Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco. John has taught graduate courses at multiple California universities, and during his career he was often invited to speak at conferences on instructional leadership, multicultural education, and educational technology issues throughout the state, the nation, and abroad.

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