After 14 years of teaching and 12 years on 16th Street, mathematics department chair Evan Bernstein ’04 has been named Xavier’s next dean of faculty.
Bernstein earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Baruch College and a Master of Education in Mathematics Teacher Education degree from Brooklyn College.
Before returning to Xavier to teach, he worked for the NYC Department of Education. His Xavier faculty journey began in 2010.
During the past 12 years, Bernstein has led students and faculty to glory as a cross country coach, a member of the Faculty Development Council (FDC), and the Academic Council.
More recently, he participated in the Jesuit Schools Network (JSN) Seminars in Ignatian Leadership—a program provided to educators within the JSN that offers a curriculum of leadership development within the context of Ignatius Loyola and his spiritual and vocational growth through his life.
“As chair of the mathematics department these past five years, Evan has shown a steady and reliable hand on the helm—helping to navigate through the complexities of [the pandemic], and managing a department with a wide array of strengths,” said headmaster Kim Smith. “I have been particularly impressed with the work the department has done this past year with peer observations. His work on the FDC as well as the Academic Council has showcased his ability to lead with listening and attention to detail. He also has a strong classroom practice—I have watched him teach calculus with aplomb and high academic standard.”
Bernstein succeeds Brian McCabe P’23 in the role. McCabe will assume the role of director of engagement and planned giving this summer.
“I am excited for the opportunity to serve Xavier and its teachers as the dean of faculty, said Bernstein. “I look forward to building upon the work of Brian and further cultivating a professional community committed to collaboration, growth, and fulfillment of our mission as Ignatian educators.”
In his new role, Bernstein will undoubtedly cultivate curiosity and excellence in the faculty.
"I am both humbled and excited for this opportunity to serve [the faculty] and the school in this role,” Bernstein shared in a recent email to Xavier’s faculty, thanking them for their support. “My love for and belief in Xavier began when I walked the halls as a student, sitting in some of your own classrooms, and has only deepened since then. Over the past 14 years in the classroom and 12 years in this building, I have come to understand how fortunate I am to teach in a school that remains rooted in its mission and committed to creating an environment where students can thrive.”