Dr. Chris Bernhardt, Upper School Chemistry Teacher, has announced his retirement at the end of the 2018-2019 academic year.
Chris was born in North Carolina and spent some time living in Georgia and South Carolina. Chris received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Newberry College (SC) in 1980 before receiving his Ph.D in Organic Chemistry from Duke University in 1985.
Chris began his career in education in 1986 when he served as the Associate Professor of Chemistry at Newberry College. He found his way to Greensboro in 1994 where he became a Visiting Instructor of Chemistry at North Carolina A & T State University. Chris also spent time teaching at UNC-Greensboro, Greensboro College and Elon University before finding his home at Greensboro Day School in 2001.
Since arriving at GDS, Chris has taught chemistry in the upper school. His course load has included his winter term course (Apocalypses: Fiction, Science, and Survival), Chemistry, Advanced Chemistry, and AP Chemistry, teaching all grades in the upper school. He has participated in orchestras for musicals, as well as the graduation band. He began the Science Olympiad team in 2001 and served as the team lead coach ever since. He has served as an advisor, and for the second time he plans to attend the Junior Backpacking Trip this year.
Outside of his teaching responsibilities at GDS, Chris has served as an instructor of organic chemistry at Capital University in Columbus, OH, during summers until 2008; as a part-time instructor of chemistry at Elon University in the evenings, for the last 20 years; and as a part-time instructor of chemistry at UNCG during summers since 2009. Chris’ graduate research work has been published in various chemistry publications.
Chris has fond memories of his time at GDS, many of which include the Science Olympiad team competitions over the years. From regional competitions to the state competition, Chris enjoyed these times with his students. He has also enjoyed the 10th grade service weeks. He fondly remembers visiting the chemistry classes at GDS before the "new" upper school wing was built and K. Windham was teaching.
Chris and his wife, Beth, have been married for 33 years and have one daughter Anna, who graduated from GDS in 2007. Anna is married and had a daughter last year.
Chris looks forward to hiking in the mountains near Asheville, NC, traveling, reading and hoping to play his clarinet more often, while helping to take care of his granddaughter.
Thank you to Chris for his years of dedication and impressive teaching in and out of the classroom.