A native of Dallas, TX, TeJay Johnson is a graduate of Texas Christian University, where he received his bachelors in Habilitation of Deaf and Hard of Hearing. A former All American safety, TeJay is passionate about mentorship and lends himself to do so in a number of ways. Receiving his Masters in Educational Leadership and Policy, he is an educator, football and head Track coach and sponsors a young men’s organization called Young Emerging Leaders of Ousley. An active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., TeJay also wears the hat of advisor to the Eta Psi chapter of Alpha at TCU. Recently graduating with a Master’s of Education from the University of Texas at Arlington, TeJay is in active pursuit of his next steps of being a high school defensive coordinator, where he will not only continue to mentor young men and develop leaders, but is confident that if he works smart enough, he could be the next Gary Patterson. TeJay is grateful for life, the experiences that have shaped him, and most of all the unique opportunity he has to change lives daily.
Nancy Bernardino and her team wrote a proposal for the all-girls STEAM school as part of the Public School Choice initiative in Dallas ISD. After a competitive selection process, Bernardino was chosen to lead the K-8 campus, the first of its kind in Dallas. In addition to STEAM, the school focuses on Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and uses blending learning. At Solar Prep, 50% of the students will come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and 50% will not.
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, 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.
Over the past three years, Adams has earned multiple distinctions from the Texas Education Agency in recognition of student achievement in math, reading, and science. Last year, Adams was one of 24 schools nationwide to be a recipient of the Excellence in Urban Education Award given by the National Center for Urban School Transformation.
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: 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. She is currently working toward earning a Doctorate Degree in Education at SMU.
Bernardino and her husband, Agustin, live in Southeast Dallas and are the proud parents of four boys: Benjamin, Daniel, Samuel, and David.