Former ESD 105 superintendent Mike Bernazzani, 1947-2018
ESD 105 sadly announces the passing on November 21 of Mike Bernazzani, who left a strong impact on regional education programs and growth during his 1982-1999 tenure as our organization's superintendent.
Mike joined ESD 105 as a special education consultant, and his following 17 years as our agency's leader included innovations such as the 1985 start of the Workers Compensation Insurance Cooperative, the 1987 start of the Educational Technology Support Center, the 1989 start of the Prevention/Intervention Program, the 1992 debut of the ESD 105 Conference Center, and the 1997 launch of what was then called the Regional Science Education Project. Mike, who was 71, had lived in Camas during the years after his retirement.
Mike's local career in education started in 1969 as a Davis High School teacher with the Yakima School District, where he taught social studies, debate, and humanities. He moved into the school district office for 1973-74 as an administrative assistant, and then served as assistant principal at Lewis and Clark from 1974 to 1977, and resumed positions at the YSD main office from 1979 until coming to the ESD in 1981.
The staff members of ESD 105 -- current and past -- convey our thoughts to the Bernazzani family, and our appreciation to the still-ongoing legacy his work has had all these years later on our local school communities.