Ms. Olivia Bernal


Olivia Bernal has over 23 years of experience in education as a teacher, curriculum specialist, educational consultant, Assistant Principal, and Principal. Ms. Bernal began her career as an elementary and middle school teacher for 10 years in Miami Dade County Public Schools. She was then recruited to become a curriculum support specialist for the district supporting middle and high school level schools for several years. This experience led her into school administration where she served as a School Administrator for the Office of Education Transformation in Miami Dade County Public Schools and later transitioned to work with Charter schools.  Ms. Bernal became an Administrative Director of Compliance and Accountably in a Charter School Organization overseeing 8 schools. During this time, she also endeavored as an Independent Educational Consultant, where she provided technical assistance related to the development of charter schools, curriculum and instruction, school accountability, and compliance. During this time, she partnered up with the Florida Charter School Alliance to provide assistance to charter schools in the state of Florida with school improvement, management and developed the teacher evaluation system for the State of Florida Charter Schools.
More recently Ms. Bernal has been the Principal of Academy Charter School West for the last 5 years where she has worked continuously to improve and obtain High Performing School Status, SACS Accreditation, National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, COGNIA STEM Certification, Everglades Champion School, PLTW School of Excellence and made NICHE 2021 Best Schools in America; top schools in Florida. Her goal is to continue to serve as an inspiration and model school, help raise the bar in education, and equip every single student for success.
Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education from Nova Southeastern University, a Master of Education in Reading and Special Education from the University of Miami, and has an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
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