Meet Teri Lyn

About Teri Lyn

Teri Lyn Bernero is a lifelong educational professional and practitioner with 29 years of hands-on experience in an urban-core city school district.  An alumna of Michigan State University’s educational administration master’s program, Teri Lyn has distinguished herself both in the classroom and in the community as a quiet but effective leader who brings people together to get positive results for students.

Teri Lyn has been a committed public educator in the Lansing School District for 29 years — first as an elementary school teacher and then as a principal for 14 years. She was chosen to lead Lansing’s first “community school” — in collaboration with MSU — at Wexford Community Elementary School. She then served as principal of Lewton Elementary School for nine years.  

Four years ago, Teri Lyn started a new chapter in her life as an administrator on special assignment in the Department of Assessment and School Improvement, where she worked closely with schools on improvement plans, curriculum design and implementation.

Currently, she serves as the Director of Promise Pathway and HOPE/Promise Scholar Programs. Her responsibilities include strengthening the three high school pathways to ensure students are exposed to, explore, and experience a variety of career and college readiness opportunities.  She also works with the schools and community to raise awareness about the HOPE and Lansing Promise Scholarship programs. 

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Career Path at a Glance 

  • Elementary School Teacher, Maple Grove and Kendon Schools, Lansing School District, 1989-94
  • Elementary School Principal, Wexford Community and Lewton School, Lansing School District 2004-13
  • Administrator on Special Assignment, Dept. of Assessment & School Improvement, Lansing School District, 2013-2015 
  • Interim Principal, Pleasant View Academy for Visual and Performing Arts, Lansing School District 2015 
  • Director of Pathway Promise and HOPE/Promise Scholarship Programs, Lansing School District, 2015-present

Opportunity and Accountability 

As a Latina and first-generation college graduate in her family, Teri Lyn is acutely aware of the obstacles facing people of color in the educational arena.  She has been at the forefront of efforts in the Lansing School District to ensure that ALL students have the opportunity and high expectation for academic achievement so that they are well-prepared for a career or college, and life. 

Educational Innovation

Success in education means building relationship with students, highlighting the need for educators to stay current with researched -based best practices, tools and techniques to reach students and achieve results. Her position as Director of Promise Pathway and HOPE/Promise Scholar Programs places her at the cutting edge of these efforts. 

Leadership and Dedication

Teri Lyn currently serves in a variety of leadership positions in her community:

  • President, Lansing Association of School Administrators (L.A.S.A) 
  • Vice President, Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC) Board – a nonprofit public-private partnership that promotes STEM opportunities for at-risk youth. 
  • Member, Lansing Promise Foundation Board  Member,
  • H.O.P.E. Scholarship Board 
  • Member, Lansing Educational Advancement Foundation
  • Board  Commissioner, Lansing Regional Sister Cities Commission 
  • Member, Lansing Community College’s Career and College Readiness Student Transition Committee  Member, Michigan Association of School Administrators

Teri Lyn and her husband, Virg, are the proud parents of two daughters: Kelly, a graduate of the University of Michigan and a 2018 graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Law, and Virginia, a graduate of Central Michigan University who works at the Michigan Osteopathic Association.