Teacher Appreciation Week: Day 2 Teacher Feature – Mrs. Carol Bernas

Throughout this school year, we’ve had the privilege of featuring one exceptional member of our faculty and staff each month through our Teacher Feature articles. This week, for Teacher Appreciation Week, we’re happy to bring you one Teacher Feature for each day of the week. We hope you enjoy this extra special week full of some of our wonderful teachers, and that it reminds you of some of the special teachers you’ve been blessed with in your life.

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Name: Carol Bernas

Grade & School You Teach:  I teach 4K thru 5th grade Physical Education at St. Stan’s, St. Steve’s and St. Bron’s

Where did you grow up and go to high school and college?

I grew up in Stevens Point and graduated from SPASH. I received my undergraduate degree from UW-Stevens Point and my graduate degree from UW-La Crosse.

Where was your first teaching job?

My first teaching job was a long term sub position in the Rosholt School District. My first permanent teaching position was at Sacred Heart School in Polonia.

How long have you been teaching? I have been teaching for 24 years.

How long have you been teaching at Pacelli Catholic Schools?

I have been teaching at Pacelli Catholic Schools for 16 years.

What do you enjoy most about teaching at Pacelli Catholic Schools?

What I enjoy the most about teaching at PCS is the people I work with, their encouragement, support and caring attitude.

What is unique about the education experience offered at PCS that you can’t find anywhere else? What makes PCS unique is that faith can be incorporated into all aspects of education.

What was your favorite class when you were a student?

When I was a student my favorite class was Biology.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was a kid, I wanted to be an elementary school teacher.

Who is your biggest inspiration/role model?

I don’t think I could pick out just one person as my role model.  I’d have to say it is a combination of  family, friends and teachers who have encouraged me along the way to where I am now.

What are your hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time I like to read, go for walks,  do a little gardening and hang out with family and friends.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

If I could choose a superpower it would be the power of healing.

What’s something that most people or your students don’t know about you?

Most of my students don’t know that I am the 8th of 11 children.  I come from a big family.  I have 5 brothers and 5 sisters.

What is the most important piece of advice you can give to a student?

The most important advice I can give to students is to keep on trying because it takes time to see the improvements they are making.


Check out our Thank a Teacher page each day of Teacher Appreciation Week this week for another Teacher Feature highlighting some of our many outstanding educators.

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