Dr. Byron Ernest is a former (2010) Indiana “Teacher of the Year” and currently serves as director of educator development and partnerships for Noble Education Initiative Inc., where he develops and provides professional development and leadership training globally. Previously, Dr. Ernest was superintendent/head of schools for Hoosier Academies Network of Schools. He also served as principal at Emmerich Manual High School in Indianapolis after it was taken over by the State for receiving seven consecutive failing annual performance grades. As principal, Dr. Ernest developed a new staff and culture of excellence focusing on high student achievement and performance. The State removed Manual off the “F” list under Dr. Ernest’s leadership.
Prior to going to Manual, Dr. Ernest worked as the department head for agriculture and FFA at Lebanon Community School Corporation. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and Agricultural Education and a Master’s in Education from Purdue University. He received his Doctorate from Walden University in Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning. Dr. Ernest completed the Certificate for Advanced Educational Leadership program at Harvard University, where he continues Post-Doctoral Studies. Byron serves as a policy maker and citizen leader on the Indiana State Board of Education.