A conversation with Junior Bernadin on episode 58 of the 10-Minute Teacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Today Junior Bernadin @jbernadin African Step, based on the African Gum Boot Dance, has an American version with a competition. Insert is one of the STEP coaches at 3-time national champion winning Ron Clark Academy. Learn about this marvelous type of song/ dance and its role in African American culture. Also, hear about Junior’s commitment to excellence and what students learn from competing in this dance competition.

How step ignited kids at Ron Clark Academy

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In today’s show, we’ll discuss Junior’s work with the RCA step team:

  • The origins of step
  • How step came to Ron Clark Academy
  • What students learn from step competition
  • His students’ story from beginning step to winning the national championship
  • The journey Junior has taken with the students

I hope you enjoy this episode with Junior!

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Full Bio


Junior BernadinJunior Bernadin of Ron Clark Academy

Junior Bernadin is a Dean of Students and IT Director at the highly-acclaimed Ron Clark Academy (RCA). In addition to his daily roles at RCA, he currently serves as one of the coaches of the current 3-time National Step League Middle School Champions, the Essentials Step Team.

In addition to his daily roles at RCA, he currently serves as one of the coaches of the current 3-time National Step League Middle School Champions, the Essentials Step Team.

Photographs of Students on the STEP Team provided by Junior


Step team members are required to do community service as part of their work.

Step Practice at Ron Clark Academy

Step Practice at Ron Clark Academy

Step competitions are colorful and beautiful. (see the video above)

Community service as part of participating in step.

Three-time national champions – Ron Clark Academy step team

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