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Ms. Blandino
Ms. Bernal
"Expect Excellence"
A Tuition-Free Public Charter School
Ms. Blandino
Asst. Principal
Ms. Valeria Blandino joined the AcadeMir family in 2016. She has been
in the educational field since 2004. Her roles have included teacher,
literacy coach for levels K-12 as well as curriculum support specialist at
the district level. While working for the school board, she served as an
adjunct professor in courses for Reading and ESOL certification for
educators. She holds an Educational Specialist degree from Nova
Southeastern University in Educational Leadership, a Master's degree
from Barry University in Reading K-12, and a Bachelor of Science
degree from Barry University in Elementary Education K-6. Ms.
Blandino also holds professional educator certifications in Educational
Leadership (All Levels), Reading K-12, ESOL Endorsement and
Elementary Education (K-6)
Ms. Bernal
Olivia Bernal has over 23 years of experience in education as a teacher, curriculum
specialist, educational consultant, Assistant Principal, and Principal. Ms. Bernal
began her career as an elementary and middle school teacher for 10 years in Miami
Dade County Public Schools. She was then recruited to become a curriculum
support specialist for the district supporting middle and high school level schools
for several years. This experience led her into school administration where she
served as a School Administrator for the Office of Education Transformation in Miami
Dade County Public Schools and later transitioned to work with Charter schools. Ms.
Bernal became an Administrative Director of Compliance and Accountably in a
Charter School Organization overseeing 8 schools. During this time, she also
endeavored as an Independent Educational Consultant, where she provided
technical assistance related to the development of charter schools, curriculum and
instruction, school accountability, and compliance. During this time, she partnered
up with the Florida Charter School Alliance to provide assistance to charter schools
in the state of Florida with school improvement, management and developed the
teacher evaluation system for the State of Florida Charter Schools.

More recently Ms. Bernal has been the Principal of Academy Charter School West for
the last 5 years where she has worked continuously to improve and obtain High
Performing School Status, SACS Accreditation, National Blue Ribbon School of
Excellence, COGNIA STEM Certification, Everglades Champion School, PLTW
School of Excellence and made NICHE 2021 Best Schools in America; top schools in
Florida. Her goal is to continue to serve as an inspiration and model school, help
raise the bar in education, and equip every single student for success