Bernie Shulman was superintendent of Palm Beach County’s schools for about a year two decades ago, but the wisdom he peddled during his long career is broad and influences local educators even today, say his colleagues and friends.
This week they mourned his death and spoke fondly of the ways in which such a Teddy bear of a man was able to get things done by putting children first.
“A few times we’d be sitting there, he’d kind of lean forward a little bit, he’d point his finger in my face and say, ‘Now you listen to your father.’ It was a very warm exchange, but you knew when he got serious about being philosophic.”
And what was his philosophy?
“Remember you and the parent really have the same goal, so don’t be an adversary to the parent. Be supportive of the parent and try to find common ground. What’s good for the child? That’s how he operated,” Shaw said.