Notre Dame’s New Principal Well-prepared

September 2, 2018 GMT

TYNGSBORO -- Successful high-school administrators blend skills in psychology, education and business to tackle issues faced by 21st-century learning institutions.

The Academy of Notre Dame’s Pam Bernazani already holds a degree in Adolescent Psychology and recently embarked on a yearlong program to help her become an even more effective school leader.

Bernazani recently completed the first of four courses in Harvard University’s innovative Certificate in School Management and Leadership program, a collaboration between the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Harvard Business School that integrates expertise in managing teams and organizations with a commitment to school and instructional leadership.

It is designed to provide school leaders at all stages of their careers with the frameworks, skills and knowledge to drive change and to lead high-performing schools.

“For me, it is a unique way of learning, combining business and education,′ Bernazani said. “The case studies presented in the course show a significant overlap in subject matters that were at first surprising to me. Being able to connect with educators across the globe has given me a better perspective of what schools need to be focusing on in order to keep moving forward.”

The program comprises four distinct yet interrelated courses: Leading Change, Leading Schools, Leading People, and Leading Learning. Each of the courses address the topics most vital to leading successful schools.

Bernazani, who will serve as principal in the Upper School this coming year, said the first course was motivating and she’s anxious to apply what she learns during the program to better serve the academy.

Bernazani has been at the academy since 2002 and most recently held the position of dean of students. She holds a B.A. in Adolescent Psychology and an M.S. in Counseling, as well as a certification in School Counseling for grades 5-12.