By Richard Bammer
Public school bells have stopped ringing in Solano County, the classrooms are silent, the playgrounds empty.
But longtime teacher Jerry Bernhardt of Vacaville, who just retired after 40 years in education in Solano County schools, public and private, will look back on his career with a deep satisfaction, believing that, somehow, he made a difference in the lives of some of his students, one in particular.
And he will also look back upon radical changes in technology in the classroom, he said.
“The personal computer, the Internet … it all just mushroomed,” said Bernhardt, noting that he also “went through 11 principals and five superintendents.”
Spending most of his adult life as a teacher “is beyond anything I could have imagined,” he wrote in a brief note to The Reporter after an interview. “I have truly been blessed to be a part of a wonderful and very supportive educational community.”