My name is Robbie Bernardin, the proud principal here at Wellspring Catholic Academy. Kurt Hahn, a maverick educator and the founder of Outward Boud (the parent organization of EL), once said “There is more in us than we know. If we can be made to see it, perhaps, for the rest of our lives, we will be unwilling to settle for less.” As an educator, I believe deeply that within each of us – kids, parents, teachers, everyone – God has placed an extraordinary set of gifts, and with the proper support, cultivation, and challenge, we can develop these gifts and share them greatly to help build a better world! In the long term, that is what Catholic education is all about – partnering with parents to form their children into the active, empowered disciples, artists, writers, scientists, historians, mathematicians, and change-agents our world so greatly needs.
Before joining Wellspring, I graduated from the University of Notre Dame, then served for 2 years as a teacher through the Notre Dame ACE Teaching Fellows Program earning my Masters. I spent the next 8 years as a middle school math and science teacher, instructional coach, development director, and asst. principal at Annunciation Catholic EL School in Denver, as well as an adjunct professor of education at Regis University, on the side. But outside of school, I’m a backyard gardener, dedicated science nerd, avid runner and golfer, craft cocktail enthusiast, and proud husband and father.
Preschool Director | Ext. 004
My name is Karina Campa, and I am the Preschool Director and Lead Teacher at Wellspring Catholic Academy. As an early childhood educator, I aspire not only to help children learn fundamental skills, but also to get them excited to explore the world and learn new things through interactive activities. To ensure the emotional, social, cognitive, physical, and spiritual development of each child, I designer learning experiences that cultivate creativity, encourage innovative thinking, celebrate perseverance, honor success & failure, turn frustration into learning opportunities, awaken social responsibility, model fairness and justice, all within the safety of loving, trusting relationships. With every child I teach, my hope is to develop in them a life long love for learning.
I a grew up speaking Spanish at home and learning English at school, so I know well what many bilingual kids go through as they acquire linguistic skills in 2 languages. My ability to speak and learn in both languages is an incredible asset and skill, and I cherish this gift in many of the students I teach. I am also a proud mother of two sons and a Colorado sports fan!