If you ask her, Bernadette Kriftcher will tell you that the most rewarding times in her career in education were those she had in leadership roles. From the day she was appointed to the position of Assistant Principal in English at one of the largest and most diverse high schools in New York City (Newtown HS), she has supported teachers and developed their leadership skills. It proved to be a smooth segue from Assistant Principal to Director of Instruction and Professional Development for the Brooklyn High Schools in which she supported teachers and Assistant Principals on a larger scale. This latter role prepared her to meet the challenge of Principal of William Cullen Bryant HS, another large, comprehensive high school with an enrollment of over 4000 students. Her career with the New York City Department of Education culminated with the position of Local Instructional Superintendent which provided Bernadette with her first opportunity to support principals on a more direct basis.
It was only natural for her to transition to her current position as coach/facilitator with NYC Leadership Academy. In this capacity, she supports principals and facilitates their learning as they meet the challenges in their work. She also designs and facilitates professional development opportunities to enrich their growth as leaders. In addition to a Master of Arts degree in English, Bernadette has a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration and Supervision.