Director of Principal Development / Coach

BA, Women’s Studies, UC Berkeley
MA, Education (and Teaching Credentials), Stanford
Ed.D., Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Dr. Beth Bernstein-Yamashiro is the Director of Principal Development at ECS. Prior to this role, she was the founding principal of ECMS-Inglewood (2013-2019). Under her leadership, the school grew from 120 to 360 students, added two buildings, and became a thriving, consistent community of faculty, staff, and families devoted to ECS’ mission.

Prior to this position, Beth was a teacher in Hayward, CA, an assistant principal at Hughes Middle School in Long Beach, a director of a US Department of Education GEAR UP grant in LBUSD, and principal of Los Angeles Leadership Academy High School, a social justice-themed high school.

Beth also directed the Roots and Wings program, which takes Los Angeles high school students to local and national parks to learn camping skills, ecology, and stewardship principles. In 2013, she publishedTeacher-Student Relationships: Toward Personalized Education, in the New Directions for Youth Development series for Jossey Bass.

Beth received her Ed.D. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1998, concentrating in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy. She received her teaching credential and MA from Stanford in 1990, and her BA in Women’s Studies at UC Berkeley in 1988.