Meet Mrs. Bernhardt
Hello! This will be my 11th year teaching at Ellis and I have worked in the district for 13 years. This is my fifth year teaching in 3rd grade. I graduated from SIUE with a B.S. degree in Business/Marketing. I then attended McKendree University and graduated with an Elementary Education certification.
I went to Ellis Elementary School when I was in Kindergarten. That makes Ellis Elementary School very old!!! Actually, I love this school district so much that I decided to live in the district so that my own children could attend. My son, Brandon, is 22 years old and recently graduated from college at Loyola University in Chicago. He will begin his new career with the CDC (Center for Disease Control & prevention) in Columbus, Ohio in October of 2016. My daughter, Taylor, is 20 years old and she is attending SIUE. She is majoring in Graphic Design. She is very artistic and has had her artwork displayed 4 years in a row at the Art on the Square in Belleville. Our pets are a very important part of our family. Two of them are in the photograph on this page. The dog is Sydney, she is our Australian Shepherd mix. She is 13 years old. Our black cat, Shadow, is about 15 years old. We have one other Tabby cat named Sage. He doesn't like to be photographed.
I love to spend time with my family and one of my very favorite things to do with them is travel. We have been many places over the years. This summer we took a Western Caribbean Cruise to Haiti, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. Here are a couple of pictures from our trip in the summer of 2015.
Here is a photo of Maggie & Finn. We adopted them in the Fall of 2016. They are a little over one year old. Even though they don't look alike, they are brother and sister. They are Australian Shepherds.