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About Dr. Byron L. Ernest

Dr. Byron L. Ernest

2013 Distinguished Animal Science Alumni – Purdue University

2011 Smithsonian Institution Diffusion Award Winner

2011 Purdue Ag Alumni Certificate of Distinction

2011 Inspire College Mentor Education Mentor Award

2010 Indiana Teacher of the Year

2010 Distinguished Hoosier

2010 Commissioned Kentucky Colonel

2010 Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation Outstanding Agriscience Educator

Director of Educator Development and Partnerhips

Noble Education Initiative

Dr. Ernest is charged with developing teacher leadership and certification programs as well as college and university partnerships. Dr. Ernest developed NEI’s 3-D Leadership Program. The 3-D Leadership Program is designed to discover great talent within participating schools and develop this talent to become the next generation of great teachers and leaders.  This program will then empower each participant to go back into their schools and distribute the knowledge and skills that they have learned so each of our partner schools become schools that foster innovation and creativity which will take our students to the next level in academic performance.

Before joining Noble Education Initiative, Dr. Ernest served as Head of Schools for Hoosier Academies. While at Hoosier Academies Dr. Ernest developed a successful teacher leader program, the Focused Leader Academy, for developing an intent-based and distributed leadership school community model.

Dr. Ernest is considered an “Energetic Change Agent” and is very involved in education policy and leadership. He currently serves on Indiana Speaker of the House Brian Bosma’s Education Kitchen Cabinet. Additionally, Dr. Ernest was appointed in May, 2015 by Speaker Bosma to serve on the Indiana State Board of Education.

Previously, Dr. Ernest was the principal at Emmerich Manual High School (EMHS) in Indianapolis, Indiana. Emmerich Manual High School was a state Turnaround Academy, meaning the school was taken over after failing for seven years in a row. Dr. Ernest was charged with leading a new staff and developing a culture of excellence where high student achievement and performance are the norm. This culture of excellence included working in a team environment around the themes of technology, rigor, engagement, global citizenship, and sustainability. These are all important considerations in a turnaround academy where remodeling, restructuring, and redesigning the entire educational process for high student achievement and high family engagement were the intended outcomes. This school was taken off the “F” list under Ernest’s leadership and has the distinction of being the only school in the state of Indiana to be taken off the failing category.

Dr. Ernest led EMHS’s approval to be a Cambridge International Examinations School (the first in Indiana). Additionally, EMHS also implemented an academy approach to the school. Academy participation will be phased in over the next several years. Beginning with the class of 2016, all students will participate in an academy. They are comprised of the following:  Freshman Academy, Advanced Studies Academy, and Professional Leadership Academy. Within each academy are pathways that allow students to focus on their academic interests. The academies are designed to let students pursue areas that interest them along with giving them the knowledge and skills needed to excel and thrive after graduation.

Prior to going to EMHS, Dr. Ernest was the Department Head for Agriculture and FFA at Lebanon Community School Corporation. Lebanon’s Agriculture Department is now in its eleventh year of existence. Dr. Ernest was recruited to start the program from scratch where a program had not existed before. The program now has four teachers and an enrollment of over 600 students, grades 8-12; the largest in the state of Indiana. The flagship courses of the program, formerly taught by Dr. Ernest, are the Advanced Life Science courses in animals, plants and soils, and food science. These are dual credit courses with the Purdue University College of Agriculture.

Dr. Ernest is an avid blogger, with his thoughts on education and leadership being found at Additionally, he tweets often on matters of education and leadership. Dr. Ernest can be followed on twitter at @ByronErnest.

Furthermore, Ernest was named the 2010 Indiana Teacher of the Year. This is the first time an Agriculture Instructor has ever been selected for this honor. Most recently he was named the inaugural winner of the 2010 Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation Outstanding Agriscience Educator Award. Most recently Ernest was named as a 2013 Distinguished Animal Science Alumni at Purdue University. He holds two Bachelor of Science Degrees from Purdue University in Agricultural Education and Animal Science, and a Masters in Science in Agricultural Education, also from Purdue.  Byron received his Ed.D. in Administrative and Teacher Leadership from Walden University. He is now participating in the Harvard University Principal’s Leadership Program. Programs completed at Harvard include: Learning Environments for Tomorrow, School Turnaround Leaders, Closing the Achievement Gap, New and Aspiring School Leaders, Strategy in Action, Fostering Global Competency Through School Leadership, Future of Learning, Making Learning Visible, Family Engagement, Inner Strengths of Successful Leaders, and Leadership Institute for Superintendents. Additionally, in 2017, Dr. Ernest received the Certificate of Advanced Educational Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


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  1. […] Academies’ Head of School, Dr. Byron Ernest has a laundry list of accolades and career highlights under his belt. He’s won multiple awards including one from the Smithsonian Institution, […]


  2. Eric Wozniak said, on February 22, 2017 at 10:53 am


    This is Eric Wozniak! This may be a long shot to try and contact you, but I am trying anyway. I just wanted to thank you for giving me my first teaching job at Manual. I am still teaching, and often find myself appreciating the start you gave me in education. I hope life is treating you well!


    • Dr. Byron L. Ernest said, on February 22, 2017 at 11:18 am

      I so appreciate this note! You are an outstanding educator and role model. You were such and instrumental part of Manual’s success. Thanks again for reaching out!


  3. said, on August 4, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Byron … my e-mail is Can you contact me? Gordon Durnil


  4. keatleygarvey said, on January 29, 2023 at 7:33 pm

    I see you are using my prized image of a honey bee on a tidy tips flower. I am really surprised that you did not license it or credit me. That is unacceptable. Do you want to license it or shall I take other means for copyright infringement?

    Liked by 1 person

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