Oct 14 “Beyond the Traditional Public and Private Schools”

Presented by Christopher Bernier,Ed.D,Associate Superintendent for School Choice for Orange County Public Schools (OCPS)

As a cabinet member of the 9th largest school district in the U.S., Dr. Bernier helps to support 207,000 students (reflecting 194 countries, 170 languages and over 51% are eligible for free/reduced lunch) and 24,000 staff members. Specifically, Christopher Bernier leads the Office of School Choice where he is responsible for all choice options including Alternative Education, Charter Schools, Orange County Virtual School, K-12 Magnet Programs, School Age Services, Student Enrollment, Teen Parent Program and Home Education.

Since 1987, Christopher Bernier has served OCPS exclusively, beginning as a teacher and entering leadership positions in 1995 that have included Assistant Principal, Principal (High School, Middle School, and Virtual School), Director of Professional Development and now currently serves as the Associate Superintendent of School Choice.His undergraduate degree in History was received from Le Moyne College, master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida. Dr. Bernier is also a current fellow in the KIPP Leadership Design Program, a commissioner on the Charter Schools Appeals Commission for the Florida Department of Education, and member of the Florida Ninth Judicial Advisory Board. ASAA SCHOLARSHIP

Christopher currently resides in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. When not working, he can be found with his two children and enjoying the outdoors. He has hiked the Appalachian Trail extensively. In 2016, he completed the 215 mile John Muir Trail and successfully summited the Grand Teton in 2017.