Degrees and Certifications:

Dr. Nancy Bernardino, Executive Director

Transformation & Innovation Schools
Region 5, Strategic Initiatives

Dr. Nancy Bernardino is the Executive Director for Transformation and Innovation Schools in Dallas ISD. The schools she supports are unique schools that serve as models for innovation in public schools nationwide. In 2016, she founded Solar Preparatory School for Girls where she served as the principal until 2020. As an executive director, Bernardino continues to support Solar Girls as well as the other five single gender schools in Dallas ISD. Due to her experience with creating unique experiences for students, she also supports non-traditional school models, including: five Montessori schools, Dallas Hybrid Preparatory, iLearn Virtual Academy and Biomedical Preparatory at UT Southwestern.

Prior to opening Solar Prep for Girls, Bernardino was the principal of John Quincy Adams Elementary where she led the campus to achieve the highest designations awarded by the state along with all six distinctions. As a 17 year resident of southeast Dallas, and 43 year Dallasite, Bernardino is committed to the success and growth of the community, both through her profession and through her civic engagement.

Dr. Bernardino has achieved numerous accolades in her career. She was recognized by D Magazine in its August 2021 issue as one of 78 women “Making Dallas Great.” Her most recent awards include being recognized as an Emerging Latina Leader by Hispanic 100 and receiving The Profiles in Leadership award from the Southern Methodist University Women’s Symposium. This award honors women who exemplify educating women for social and political leadership.

In December 2019, Dr. Bernardino was recognized as Dallas ISD Principal of the Year. Additionally, she was awarded the Master Principal designation in Dallas ISD in 2018 and 2019, an honor that is earned by the top 10% of principals for high performance on student achievement and professional practice.

Dr. Bernardino is an engaged civic and community leader. She serves as a Trustee for the International Coalition of Girls Schools, the leading advocate for girls’ schools around the world. Additionally, Dr. Bernardino is the past president of the Association of Hispanic School Administrators, an organization dedicated to increasing the pipeline of Latino leaders in school administration. She also serves on the following non-profit boards: Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, Child Care Group, Catch Up and Read, and The Hockaday School.

Dr. Bernardino holds a Master of Education from Texas A&M Commerce as well as the following degrees from Southern Methodist University: Doctorate in Education Leadership, Master of Liberal Arts, Advanced Graduate Studies in Dispute Resolution, Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Affairs and Corporate Communications.

She is the proud mother of four boys and spends most of her spare time on the soccer field sidelines cheering them on. Benjamin and Daniel are both in college; Samuel and David are both high schoolers in Dallas ISD.

Nancy A. Bernardino, Ed.D. | Executive Director 
Transformation and Innovation Schools
Strategic Initiatives, Region V
Dallas Independent School District

Administrative Assistant: Priscilla Contreras, pcontreras@dallasisd.org972-925-5941
Twitter: @N_Bernardino



Degrees and Certifications:

Joe Carreon, Trustee

Term Began 2023, Term Expires 2026

District 8-Northwest Dallas, Love Field, and parts of East and West Dallas

Ethics Agreement

Joe Carreón is a proud product of northwest Dallas where he attended Dallas ISD schools David G. Burnet, Julian T. Saldivar, and E.H. Cary. 

Through the hard work of his parents and community, he became the first in his family to graduate from high school and later college.  Joe earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University, a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and a law degree from the SMU Dedman School of Law.  

Experiencing first-hand how education can empower a family, Joe has worked to ensure that the opportunities he was allotted are accessible to all children.  During college, he worked at David G. Burnet elementary school, where he once attended kindergarten. Later, Joe joined AmeriCorps and the Food on the Move program working to ensure that kids in his community had access to nutritious meals during the summer. And most recently, he returned to SMU to help coordinate programs aimed at increasing the graduation rate of first-generation college students. 

He has served in various government offices including the Dallas Mayor’s Office, the Office of the Colorado Governor, and the White House. He has also served on numerous community boards, including the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Alumni Association - Dallas Chapter, the Dallas Housing Finance Corporation, and the City of Dallas Board of Adjustment. A longtime DISD volunteer, Joe has been a strong supporter of his neighborhood’s parent-teacher organizations and has served on various Dallas ISD advisory boards.

Today, Joe is a practicing attorney and an active member of his community. He is the President of the Bachman-Northwest Highway Community Association and a founding member of the Friends of Bachman Lake.  

Joe was elected to the Dallas Independent School District Board of Trustees in November 2020

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