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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 Glenda Munson
Glenda Munson - Principal
Education was a constant focus for my parents as they knew the world would continue to change. I was raised in Southeast Texas and saw changes in the schools and communities due to the oil industry. Once I started Lamar University in Beaumont I did not change my major, and I moved forward with the goal of teaching English. My family made a move to San Antonio, and I completed graduate studies at the University of Texas in San Antonio.

My first teaching assignment was in Southeast Texas teaching English and journalism for four years to high school students. After the move to San Antonio, I taught English for four years at Pease Middle School and seven years at Stevenson Middle School. My 19 years as an administrator have all been in Northside with 13 of those years at Stevenson and one at Rudder Middle School. These experiences have prepared me to educate, motivate, and validate students for an ever-changing world.

I look forward to working with you as we develop and establish the beliefs and traditions that will define Dr. Joe J. Bernal Middle School.
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 Jose Mendez
Jose Mendez - Academic Dean
My name is Jose Mendez and I am honored to serve as the Academic Dean at Bernal Middle School. I Graduated from the University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio, with a Bachelor of Arts Interdisciplinary Studies.I have Master of Arts Educational Leadership from St.Mary's University of San Antonio Texas. This is my 13th year in education and 10th year in Northside. Before joining the Black Knight Family, I was the Math Coordinator at Hobby Middle School. I look forward to creating an environment of academic excellence and serving the community of Bernal Middle School.
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