Bernie Zimmerman '83 joined ACS as an inaugural ‘Country School of Almaden’ 4th grade student when the doors first opened in September 1982. During his 5th grade year Bernie’s family relocated to Moscow, Idaho, where he attended Jr. High and High School, graduating in 1991. He went on to attend Boise State University where he graduated with a BS in Psychology in 1996, along with Varsity Athlete: Football, and his MA in School Counseling in 1999.
Now the Clinical and Academic Director at Cherry Gulch, an award winning ranch-style therapeutic boarding school for boys, in Emmett, Idaho, Bernie credits his foundation at ACS as a cornerstone of his academic journey and an influence on the standards set at Cherry Gulch, a place that Bernie considers to be “second to no other therapeutic school”.
Bernie says that his professional career has been fulfilling in many ways; being fortunate to be in settings where he was allowed and encouraged to grow, and giving him the opportunity to create an atmosphere of growth in his work. He cannot think of a better calling to have than working with people he considers friends to align goals set to raise tomorrow’s leaders. Although challenging at times, he considers his work at Cherry Gulch a blessing.
Following his freshman year of college, Bernie married his best friend, Krista. Together they have three active boys. With the exception of a four-year period in Tampa, Florida, they have lived in Boise for twenty years where they enjoy the active lives of their boys and the community.
One of Bernie’s favorite memories of his time at ACS was being part of the winter holiday celebration. He recalls rehearsing “O Tannenbaum” over and over again, and is reminded of that experience whenever he listens to “O Christmas Tree”! Although he considered himself an introvert, he fondly remembers
To prospective families, she adds: “I still fondly remember every teacher I had at ACS, and seeing as I was there for ten years, I think that says a lot.”