Born, bred and Bar Mitzvahed in Beaufort, SC, Bernie graduated from Newberry College, Newberry, SC, and earned his Master’s Degree in Education from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. Bernie’s been featured and published in Atlanta Magazine, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Newsweek, Creative Loafing and other magazines, journals, and periodicals. His most recent book prior to Famous all over Town (2014) is If Holden Caulfield Were in My Classroom (2009). His first book (co-authored with his wife psychologist Martha Schein), Open Classrooms in the Middle School, was a featured selection of the Educators’ Book Club.
At present, he writes, speaks and tells stories about his life as a Jewish southerner. An educator for 45 years, he is also an educational consultant, doing workshops, giving talks and telling stories about the kids in his classroom at the Paideia School in Atlanta, where after serving as principal of three different schools, he taught for 33 years. The Scheins have two daughters—the writer and philosopher Dr. Maggie Schein and the teacher Lara Alexander Williams — and two granddaughters, Sofie and Caitlin. Bernie lives in Beaufort.