Hello! My name is Jackie Hernandez and I am your child's kindergarten teacher! I am very excited to be teaching kindergarten for the 6th year in a row at Shumway. I grew up in Barrington, IL (a northwest suburb of Chicago) and moved to Chandler in June of 2015 with my husband. In October of 2019, we welcomed our son, Roman, into our family! When I am not teaching, I enjoy reading, working out and keeping fit, and spending time with my baby and husband, family, and friends.
My Education and Professional Background
I have a degree in elementary education, with specializations in early childhood education and reading education from the University of Iowa. I earned my master’s degree in reading education from National-Louis University. I am also National Board certified in the area of early and middle childhood/literacy: reading language arts. This year will be my 16th year of teaching! My teaching history includes working as a teacher's aide in a self-contained special education classroom, working as a library resource teacher, teaching sixth grade, and teaching kindergarten.
My Educational Philosophy
I believe every child can learn and deserves the best education based on what they need to become successful and responsible life-long learners. My job is to provide a safe and fun environment where children are free to take risks, while enjoying the learning process. I will strive to teach my students the important components of the kindergarten curriculum at Shumway Leadership Academy, while also inspiring them to love learning.
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