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                  Ms. Juanita Hernandez

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Phone: 480) 472-6236


Initially, I began a career in Social Work and Counseling but then decided my strengths lie in teaching. Consequently, I received my teaching certification from San Diego State University. After teaching in San Diego City Schools from 1998 to 2003 and missing my home state, I then moved to Yuma, Arizona and taught 6th grade in the San Pasqual Valley School District in the Imperial Valley, California for two years. Missing the Valley of the Sun, I returned to the Phoenix area and began to teach in the Mesa Public School District in 2006 at Keller Elementary.  I started out teaching the 3rd grade and eventually transitioned to the Dual Language program. It has been 10 years that I have had the pleasure of teaching in the Dual Language program and have been on the 5th grade team for 9 years!

About me personally:  I was born in Tempe, Arizona and was raised in Guadalupe, Arizona where my family still resides. I come from a large family of 10 and fortunately get to see all of my siblings and nephews regularly. I enjoy volleyball and am a history buff and so my students get a heavy dose of it in my class. 

I would also like to mention that I have the honor of being a participant in the TAH Grant Project (Teaching American History Grant). It is a million dollar grant awarded to MPS in which teachers are taught history content and innovative ways of teaching history that involves getting kids excited about people and events of the past. Consequently, I am in slow pursuit of a masters in Historical Preservation at ASU.

This year we have a whole new 5th grade team and I'm really excited. Welcome to 5th grade and see you in class!