Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. Public Affairs and Corporate Communications, SMU B.A. Spanish, SMU Master of Liberal Arts, SMU Advanced Graduate Studies Alternative Dispute Resolution, SMU M.Ed. Educational Leadership, Texas A&M Commerce Ed.D. Educational Leadership, Southern Methodist University
Dr. Nancy Bernardino
When Solar Preparatory School for Girls at James B. Bonham opened its doors in August 2016, Nancy Bernardino was at the helm as principal and co-founder. Bernardino and her team wrote a proposal for the all-girls STEAM school as part of the Public School Choice initiative in Dallas ISD.
In December 2018, Bernardino was recognized as a Master Principal, this recognition is earned by the top 10% of principals utilizing metrics such as student achievement and staff climate and culture. In 2018, Solar Prep earned an Accomplished rating by the Dallas ISD and a 96 by the Texas Education Agency.
Bernardino’s last position was as principal of John Quincy Adams Elementary, a Title I school in Southeast Dallas. She has served the families of Dallas ISD since 2005 in various capacities, including associate principal, academic coordinator, and teacher. In the fall of 2015 and 2018, Bernardino was a finalist for Dallas ISD Elementary Principal of the Year. Additionally, in 2013 the Southeast Dallas Chamber of Commerce honored her as Principal of the Year.
Born in Mexico and raised in Dallas, Bernardino is the first in her family to earn a Bachelor’s Degree. She grew up in east Dallas and attended elementary and middle school in Dallas ISD. She graduated high school from The Hockaday School, a private all-girls school in Dallas.
Bernardino’s experience in a single-gender environment at The Hockaday School influenced her decision to start Solar Preparatory School for Girls. Bernardino wants public-school students in the Dallas area to have the same opportunity to gain confidence and leadership experience in an academically rigorous all-girls setting.
Bernardino earned a Master of Education from Texas A&M-Commerce, as well as the following degrees from Southern Methodist University: Doctorate in Educational 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.