Before yesterday’s 35th Annual SWS Mock Trial Competition, Patrick Clarke (SWS Moderator) led participants in a special ceremony recognizing the contributions made by Robert J. Bernstein to the education at the Wheatley School.
Bob Bernstein, known by generations of Wheatley students as “Bullet,’ was a social studies teacher at Wheatley from 1968 until 1997. Some of the highlights of his five-decade Wheatley career include:
- Advising the School Within A School (SWS) program
- Creating the law program and the courtroom in Room 205
- Starting the SWS Mock Trial Tournament
- Being a founding member of the Nassau County Mock Trial Competition
- Mentoring generations of Wheatley teachers
Even after retirement, Bullet has continued to be a part of the school community. A number of years ago, the Mock Trial club adviser position was vacant and Bullet, as usual, stepped up. Not only did he come out of retirement to help our students, he led them to semi-final and finalist finishes in the Nassau County State Mock Trial Tournament.
After reading a proclamation referencing Bob’s many contributions, Mr. Clarke declared that the SWS Mock Trial Tournament would henceforth be called the “Robert J. Bernstein SWS Mock Trial Tournament.”
Thank you to Bob for all of his wonderful work for Wheatley!
[Thanks to Mr. Clarke for some of this write-up.]