Meet Rasheeda Bernard, Ed. D.
TEACH’s Campus Leadership Support
Rasheeda lives by the belief that “a person’s life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark.” This quote has driven her both personally and professionally and marked her nearly 15-year-career in education. Since pursuing her Doctorate in Education Administration, Rasheeda has been steadfast in her focus on transforming school climate and culture and making an impact on schools that mirror the needs of the communities where she grew up.
It was one of the great teachers in her life, Dr. Oates at Texas Southern University, who awakened Rasheeda’s passion for education and inspired her professional journey and commitment to positively impacting the lives of students, one classroom at a time. As TEACH’s Campus Leadership Support, Rasheeda provides training and support to school leaders on the same TEACH strategies and skills that their teachers are implementing in their classrooms, ensuring a collective effort to enact long-lasting change. As a new mom, Rasheeda is more committed than ever to leave a positive mark; every day, in this role, she proudly strives towards that.
TEACH: How would you describe what you do at TEACH?
RB: Much like our Program Managers train teachers, I train and coach school leaders – assistant principals, counselors, teacher specialists, etc. – on the same strategies and skills that their teachers are learning and implementing in their classrooms. It’s important that there’s a shared language on the campus, both as it relates to TEACH and as it relates to classroom management. As with any program, in order for TEACH to be successful, it requires buy-in from everyone involved, and that starts at the top. We’re helping transform schools’ culture and climate and that has to be a collective effort. Everyone has to share that DNA.
TEACH: When did your interest / experience in education begin?
RB: It was one of my greatest teachers – Dr. Oates, one of my professors at Texas Southern – who awakened a passion in me I didn’t even know I had. She inspired me in ways she’ll likely never know and motivated me to follow a path in education. Growing up, I didn’t have much confidence. I was a quiet kid and would cover my mouth when I talked because I was self-conscious about the gap in my teeth. Dr. Oates called me out on that; she encouraged me and empowered me. Pursuing a doctorate degree wasn’t something I’d aspired to do, but looking back on it, Dr. Oates had a lot to do with that. Because she did it, I knew I wanted to do it, too. I knew I wanted to be that and provide that inspiration and support for someone else like me.
TEACH: At the end of the day, what is one thing you find most fulfilling about your job?
RB: For me, it’s all about the ripple effect of what I get to do, to leave a part of myself behind. That’s really important to me, especially now that I have a daughter. I feel more committed than ever to doing something important and making a difference.
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