Bernard has been teaching physics and maths in TCFS since 1995. Prior to
that he was a full-time student, having started his tertiary education as a mature age student. He obtained his doctorate in 2000 at Monash University in the field of metal vapour lasers. He recently completed a Master of Education at the University of Melbourne in the area of educational management. As a result of that experience he has developed interests in the fields of leadership and strategic thinking and in the application of item response theory to educational assessment.