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Hamilton Celebrates Education Educator Award of Excellence 2020 Winner Mrs. Bernie Zimmerman

Following her graduation from Miami University in 1980, where she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, Bernie launched her professional career as a 2nd grade teacher at St. Mary Catholic School. After a consolidation of parishes, St. Mary later became St. Julie Catholic School. In 2001, she accepted a leadership position, taking on the role of principal at Queen of Peace School in Millville. She served as principal there for 8 years. In 2012, she came to St. Joseph Consolidated School as a junior high teacher and team leader. In the succeeding 8 years, she has excelled in both of those roles and established herself as an indispensable member of our school’s leadership team. Bernie has clearly earned a high level of respect and admiration within our school community.  Here are some thoughts from some SJCS staff members:

“Bernie is a great support to all our staff on so many different levels.”

“So many students and parents have said that Mrs. Z’s teaching style is very personal for them. She passes on her love of education in all of her lessons.”

“One of the most professional teachers with whom I have had the privilege to work is Bernie Zimmerman.  The professionalism she exhibits inspires me to reach the same level.  After many years of experience, Bernie still seeks the advice of her peers which demonstrates humility and her willingness to continue to learn.  She sets high expectations of her students and designs cross-curricular projects that allow students to discover connections in the world.  The students at St. Joseph are fortunate to experience and benefit from Bernie’s passion and enthusiasm for education.”

Bernie exemplifies the best traits of a professional educator and administrator, and has done so throughout her career. She is without a doubt highly qualified for the Educator Award of Excellence. We are proud to have her as a member of our staff and delighted to be given the opportunity to honor her for this much deserved recognition.