Mr. Bernard Skomal
Social Studies Teacher
Bernard Skomal began his teaching experience in high school, as a summer PE coach for orphan immigrants from Latin America. He attended American University, majoring in Political Science and Legal/Political Theory. He also conducted scholarly historical research for a year under the mentorship of two professors. After a brief stint in law school, Bernard realized and could not defy his intrinsic love for teaching. He became a per diem substitute teacher for Somerville, MA public school, covering classes ranging from 4th to 12th grade. He completed his Master’s in Education (MED) with a focus in history at Boston College. He spent his student teaching at a public high school, uncovering and exploring the nuances of U.S. History with sophomores and juniors.
Bernard is especially excited to join School in the Square because he believes middle school is one of the most critical phases of education. Not only are middle schoolers experiencing multiple social and cognitive changes as emergent adolescents, but they are also on the verge of entering high school. Bernard found his own middle school experience transformative and memorable. As a content-oriented support teacher, he wishes to show students the instructive and vital relevance social studies holds for our current sociocultural circumstances. In addition, Bernard greatly looks forward to helping students discover how intriguing, surprising, and entertaining history really is! Indeed, the past is so rich with unseen events, untold stories, and profound perspectives.
Bernard is eager to with numerous teachers to creatively construct lessons that stimulate and strengthen students’ knowledge of the past, as well as their critical thinking abilities.