Meet Bernie and let him rattle your funny bone with his stories of growing up and living in Beaufort where he served both as a teacher and as a school administrator. Meet him at the Beaufort Branch Library on Scott Street, Tuesday, October 27th at 1:00 p.m.
His close friend and best-selling author Pat Conroy has called Bernie “the funniest man alive.” And now, as if to prove Conroy right, Southern storyteller Schein created Famous All Over Town, a comically candid multi-generational account of two Southern Jews, a Lowcountry native and a Northern transplant, at the epicenter of momentous events in the sleepy Southern coastal hamlet of Somerset, a fictitious stand-in for Schein’s native Beaufort. Conroy states that the book is “Hysterically funny, wildly neurotic, uniquely sensitive, and heart-breakingly honest.”
Bernie is also the author of If Holden Caulfield Were in My Classroom: Inspiring Love, Creativity, and Intelligence in Middle School Kids. He holds an Ed.M. from Harvard University with an emphasis in educational psychology. A 40-year veteran of middle school instruction and administration, Schein has served as the principal of schools in Mississippi and South Carolina and helped found the independent Paideia School in Atlanta, where he was honored as Atlanta’s District Teacher of the Year in 1978. His stories and essays have appeared in Atlanta Magazine, Atlanta Weekly, the Beaufort Gazette, Creative Loafing, and the Mississippi Educational Advance, and he has been interviewed on National Public Radio.