Educator of the Month
Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Geoff Bernstein
The Board of Education recognizes an educator in our school system who has been tireless in his efforts to assist students in achieving the highest level of excellence in engineering and technology. Since the beginning of his teaching career with AACPS in 2010, Geoff Bernstein has made a tremendous impact on the Severna Park High School community.
Geoff’s passion for Technology Education has been shared through his innovative teaching styles that highlight project based learning, collaborative groups, real world problem solving, Socratic questioning, and the relentless nature with which he inspires his students to push themselves beyond their comfort zones when it comes to their education. Whether on one of his many inspirational field trips, or teaching Foundations of Technology A/B, Intro to Robotics Engineering, Civil Engineering and Architecture, or Principles of Engineering, Geoff is the “swiss army knife” teacher in the department.
Beyond his teaching duties, Geoff also sponsors the SPHS Technology Student Association club; is the Technology Student Association State Coordinator; is the sponsor for the Architecture and Civil Engineering Mentorship Club; and is one of the teachers involved with SPHS’s Student Run Business – SP Customs (a student run screen-printing business.)
Personally, Geoff has a passion for family life and photography. A new dad and a professional photographer, Geoff often works nights and weekends with clients for weddings and events. He is always ready to assist in many facets of everyday school life. Whether tearing down a set with the drama department, or being ever ready with a camera and photographer’s eye in assisting yearbook staff, he takes every opportunity to enhance a variety of programs outside his department, thereby adding to the extra-curricular activities at SPHS on a daily basis. Students who are aware of his amazing talents, often seek his guidance with their own passion for photography.
Geoff Bernstein – You are a lynchpin for your department and for Severna Park High School. You are always approachable, and readily available to help any teacher, administrator, student or parent in any manner necessary. The students who have passed through your door recognize their fortune in having such a passionate and inspiring teacher who leads through his example of determination, humor, empathy and resilience. So for these reasons and more, the Board of Education is honored to recognize you Educator of the Month for June 2018. Congratulations!
2017 Teacher of the Year
Degrees and Certifications:
2017-2018 Maryland State Teacher of the Year
STEM Teacher, South River High School
“The most important thing I can do to help a student achieve is to help that student understand that they have somebody caring about them, somebody wanting them to be successful. That starts with relationships. I am truly blessed to work at South River High School where we have a principal and administrative staff who believe in and value the power of relationships.” Learn more about Josh Carroll.
Superintendent's Teacher Advisory
The purpose of the Superintendent's Teacher Advisory Group includes:
- bringing teacher concerns directly to the Superintendent's attention
- providing the Superintendent the opportunity to "teacher test" emerging instructional initiatives and,
- linking school-based opinions and sentiments to Central Office processes and programs.
The members of the Superintendent's Advisory Group are selected from each Director's Teacher Advisory Group. Each Director's Advisory Group selects four teachers to serve on the Superintendent's Teacher Advisory Group. The Superintendent meets with the Teacher Advisory Group five times a year in September, November, January, March, and May.