John Bernard, PhD
Senior Advisor, District Improvement & Leadership

As the Senior Advisor for District Improvement and Leadership at TSS, Dr. John Bernard helps our clients develop systems that promote excellence and nurture collaboration. He also provides services to clients in California through our DAIT and Technical Assistance teams. Additionally, he works with the school boards, school communities, superintendents and their cabinets in ensuring that efforts are coordinated for the benefit of the children they serve.

Previously, Dr. Bernard has served as Superintendent of Schools for the Newark Unified School District, Novato Unified School District and Bakersfield City School District, 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 at Mt. Diablo Unified School District.

Most recently, Dr, Bernard served as the State Administrator for South Monterey County Union High School District (formerly King City Union High School District).  As a state administrator, Dr. Bernard was instrumental in helping the district negotiate through some difficult times.

Dr. 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 his career in education, Dr. Bernard worked eight years at Bank of America in San Francisco.

Dr. Bernard is widely recognized for his organizational management skills as well as his expertise and know-how in educational leadership. He has a successful track record of leading the groups of professionals, and forging partnerships with school boards and community organizations, in developing and implementing strategies that result in enhanced student achievement.

A native of the bay area, Dr. Bernard is a product of the Oakland Public Schools as are his three grown children. Dr. Bernard earned his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from San Francisco State University in Psychology and Education Administration, respectively; and earned his Doctorate in Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco. 

Dr. Bernard teaches graduate courses at California universities, and is often invited to speak at conferences on instructional leadership, multicultural education, and educational technology issues throughout the state, the nation, and abroad.