Regional Field Associate in Yonkers, New York
Bernard Pierorazio has built his career around community engagement and improvement. He spent decades within the public school system and served as Superintendent of Yonkers public schools for nine years. He was recognized as New York State Superintendent of the Year in 2011. Today, he serves as a Regional Field Associate at Successful Practices Network CTE Technical Assistance Center. There, he works with the New York Department of Education to improve technical opportunities for students in the greater New York area.
Bernard earned a master's degree in educational leadership and administration from Iona College, and he completed his certification in special education and teaching at the College of New Rochelle. In the field of education, Bernard has never been afriad to tackle major existing institutions. Some of his greatest achievements was creating more high schools to foster smaller, more personal learning, as well as eliminating middle schools in favor of more productive K-8 centers.
During the beginning of his work within the education sector, he focused primarily on increasing the amount of high schools in the area so that students could learn and work in smaller, more personalized communities. Because high school students are at critical junctures in their educational careers, Bernard’s strategy directly led to higher student involvement and thus higher graduation rates, as well as an increase in college acceptances and scholarships. In 2012 Bernard Pierorazio received the William U. Harris Award of Excellence for his efforts to increase more minority student participation in the College Board’s Scholastic Aptitude Tests and Advanced Placement classes.
In addition to reforming educational systems, Bernard led the district in his efforts to change actual infrastructure. He created a revolutionary initiative, the Performance-Based Rapid Infrastructure Development Enterprise (PRIDE), to repair and restore Yonkers’ deteriorating academic buildings. Had the $1.7 billion project been fulfilled, it would have quickly begun a restoration system through both public and private partnerships. Although it was not put into motion, PRIDE was recognized by KPMG LLP in the 2012 World Cities Summit as one of the 100 Most Innovative Urban Infrastructure Projects.
Outside of education, Bernard is a family-oriented man. Out of all of his accomplishments, his proudest moments in his life are his two sons.