Meet our Head of School
Comments from parents about Dr. Berk:
"Excellent teacher and leader who truly loves the children… What a wonderful addition he is to our school and community.”
“Dr. Berk’s vision for the school is strong and comes from the heart. He is a great leader, listener and always follows through.”
“With great modesty and humility Dr. Berk has succeeded to create a hard working teacher team that is professional, dedicated and enthused and successful, knowledgeable, well-rounded students who love [their school] and love to learn.”
“Bob consistently meets and exceeds our expectations.”
“[Dr. Berk created] enhanced academics and an incredible school atmosphere within the school. And most importantly, HAPPY children.”
Bob Berk - Founding Head of School
Dr. Bob Berk received his BS from the University of California at San Diego, his M.Ed. in Secondary School Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati and his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy from Vanderbilt University. After receiving his doctorate, Bob served as Head of School at Akiva Community Day School in Nashville for five years. He has also served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt. Following his time at Akiva, Bob spent five years at the Community Day School. He resigned as Head of School in June 2013, in order to pursue creating Cypress Academy.
Having written his dissertation on how to reduce the gap in achievement in high poverty schools, Bob is keenly aware of issues of equity in public education. His desire to found Cypress Academy comes straight out of his desire to make certain that more students have access to high quality public education.
In his work, Dr. Berk has focused on the quality of instructional programs, as well as on creating a vibrant school community for students, teachers, and parents alike. In addition, he is passionate about creating programs in social action and continuing education for both parents and alumni. Before beginning his career in educational leadership, Bob taught for 4 years in both private and public schools in the Cincinnati area. During his last year of teaching his students were honored as Hometown Heroes by Fox News for their ongoing work in social action.