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Mr. Isaac "Isaac" Berniker

Mr. Isaac "Isaac" Berniker


Isaac Berniker is Oakwood School’s High School Head & Principal. He has worked at Oakwood School since 2013, teaching math and computer science, coaching both girls basketball and girls volleyball, and serving as the Dean of Students and Dean of Academics before becoming the High School Principal. Mr. Berniker was born in San Francisco and grew up in the East Bay near Berkeley. After graduating from The Head-Royce School in Oakland, Mr. Berniker attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, where he earned his degree in Computer Science with a minor in Engineering Sciences.

After graduation, Mr. Berniker returned to the Bay Area and tutored extensively before moving into his own classroom at a public charter school in Oakland, first for two years at the middle school level teaching self-contained seventh and eighth grade, and then later for five years at the brand-new adjacent high school teaching Precalculus, AP Calculus, and AP Statistics. While teaching in Oakland, Mr. Berniker also completed a Master’s Degree in Applied Mathematics at California State University.

After taking a year off to travel around the world, Mr. Berniker arrived at Oakwood in the fall of 2013. In his time here, he has taught Geometry, Algebra II, AP Calculus, AP Statistics, AP Computer Science A, and several STEM electives. He has also chaired the Mathematics Department, been an eleventh grade advisor, served as both Dean of Students and Dean of Academics, coached the girls varsity basketball and volleyball teams, and chaperoned Oakwood's international trips to Italy/Greece and the Galapagos Islands.

“Oakwood High School already offers so many terrific academic, athletic, and extracurricular programs on the strength of its capable, dedicated faculty and the eagerness of its multi-talented students, and I look forward to only enhancing these opportunities while sustaining Oakwood’s incredibly unique culture of kindness.”