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School Colors: Black and Gold

Mission Statement:
The mission of Bernal Middle School is to provide a safe, student-centered learning experience with an emphasis on building positive relationships of mutual respect. Bernal Middle School strives to engage and inspire all students to become a community of strong leaders and life-long learners.

Principal Jose Mendez in front of black knight
Jose Mendez - Principal
My name is Jose Mendez and I am the proud principal of Dr. Joe J. Bernal Middle School. I graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. I have a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from St.Mary's University. This is my 14th year in education and 11th year in Northside. Prior to being named principal of Bernal, I served as the Academic Dean of Bernal MS for six and a half years. I was fortunate to be a part of the original administrative group that opened Bernal Middle School in 2014. I look forward to serving the Bernal Middle School community for years to come.
Vice Principal Karen Avila
Karen Avila - Vice Principal

The Vice-Principal also serves as the Campus Behavior Coordinator.

I am very proud to serve as the Vice Principal of Bernal Middle School. I look forward to collaboratively working with parents, teachers and staff in guiding Bernal students in their academic and social pursuits. I am very passionate about education and embrace a spirit of servant leadership, collaboration and growth mindset. I attended Briar Cliff College in Sioux City, Iowa for my undergraduate studies with a focus in History, Spanish and Secondary Education. As an undergrad, I also spent time as a foreign exchange student in Valencia, Spain. From there, I served as a linguist and soldier in the Army and attended the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California to study Arabic language and culture. I was also fortunate to attend the University of Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates to further refine my language ability and knowledge about the Middle East and North Africa. I earned my Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from Trinity University. I have taught Spanish and coached various sports at the secondary level before joining school leadership. We are all in this charge together! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any thoughts or concerns. I am here to serve! I am motivated, dedicated and ready to rock this year's learning both in person and virtually with the Bernal community!

Academic Dean Carrie Moix
Carrie Moix - Academic Dean
My name is Carrie Moix. I am honored to serve the Bernal community as your Academic Dean. I have been an educator for twenty-four years and have spent the last fourteen in the Northside Independent School District. In 2007, I was blessed to open Wallace B. Jefferson Middle School. During my seven years at Jefferson Middle School, I taught 7th and 8th grade Social Studies, along with AVID. I also coached volleyball, basketball, and track. In 2014, I became the Social Studies Coordinator at John Folks Middle School where I taught 8th grade Social Studies. In February of 2017, I transitioned to the Middle School Social Studies Specialist position at Central Office. My educational experiences have prepared me with the skills needed to motivate all students towards academic success. I look forward to serving the Bernal community and continuing to promote a high level of academic success for all students.
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