“Leadership isn't just a title or a role that you take on for an organization. It is a personal commitment that you make to inspire, motivate, and uplift those around you. To be a leader is to choose a life that is dedicated to serving the wellbeing of others.”
― Junior Bernadin
About Junior Bernadin
Mr. 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:
Serving as one of the mentors and coaches of the RCA FLL Robotics Team
Hosting and leading multiple STEM Camps
Implementing and serving as the mentor for the RCA Jr. Tech Engineer's Program
Coaching the 4-time National Champion RCA Step Team
Advising the 5-time National Champion MATHCounts Video Challenge Team.
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.
For his dedication to service and pursuit of excellence, Mr. Bernadin was recently named as one of the Top 100 Leaders in Education by the Global Forum for Education and Learning. He was also recognized as the Atlanta Business Chronicles 40 Under 40, Georgia Trend Magazine 40 Under 40, Walmart Community Playmaker, Florida State University Thirty Under Thirty, the Forbes Technology Council, and one of the People Behind the People sponsored by McDonald’s and TVOne. He was recently accepted into the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2022.
Mr. Bernadin currently resides in Fayetteville, GA, with his lovely wife, Dr. Tashinea Bernadin and daughter Amira Bernadin.
What is the most important factor behind your success?
As I reflect on the numerous experiences in my life, I can’t help but think about the driving forces in my life. My life is grounded by multiple factors that include but are not limited to God, family, and friends. These three influencers in my life were instrumental in helping me to understand that to be successful, you need a purpose. My ultimate goal is to help people, especially our youth. This purpose allows me to redirect talent and resources to a career field that enables me to not only mentor and motivate the youth, but also train educators to do the same. When your purpose is rooted in positivity and uplifting others, the real magic happens. When you are walking in God’s mission, the universe aligns itself in a way that will show that you are in the right place. Your purpose will allow your heart to be at peace and for you to live with no regrets. I challenge you to find your purpose!