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Bernie Smiley

Bernie Smiley was born on Galveston Island and graduated class of 1989 from Dickinson High School. After a B.A. in English from University of St. Thomas, two master's degrees (M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction and M.A. in English) from Stephen F. Austin, and a doctorate from Texas Southern University, he is back in the area making a show of himself.  Smiley likes seeing live music (+/-1,000 concerts), zombie films (100+ movies) and international travel (85+ countries). He talks too much about CrossFit and refuses to admit how much he likes his wife’s dog. Feel free to discuss where this summer’s road trip should go. He has ideas but is always looking for the next roadside attraction.


Doctor of Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Texas Southern University

M.Ed., Secondary Education, Stephen F. Austin State University

M.A. in English, Stephen F. Austin State University

B.A. in English, University of St. Thomas

COM Courses

  • English Composition I – English 1301
  • English Composition II – English 1302
  • British Literature I – English 2322
  • British Literature II – English 2323
  • Forms of Lit. II – The Undead in Literature – English 2343 
  • World Literature I – English 2332

Teaching Experience

College of the Mainland, 2003-present

COM Adjunct Faculty, 2001-2003

La Marque High School, La Marque, Texas

English teacher, 1997-2003

Department Chair, 2002-2003

Curriculum Committee Chair, 2002-2003

English Department Curriculum Coordinator, Summer 1999, 2000, 2001

Teacher, Summer 1997

College of the Mainland Summer High School

Professional Highlights


Most Influential Teacher: 1998, 2000, 2001

Who’s Who in American High School Teachers: 1999, 2000, 2001

Teacher of the Year La Marque High School: 2002

Teacher of the Year La Marque Independent School District: 2002

Teacher of the Year College of the Mainland: 2007, 2011. 2019