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 but taught in the San Paqual Valley School District in the Imperial Valley, California for two years. MIssing the Valley of the Sun, I returned and began to teach in the Mesa Public School District in 2006 at Keller Elementary. I have had the pleasure of teaching 3 years in the Dual Language program at Keller and eventually moved the to 5th grade where I have currently been assigned for 4 years.
About me personally, I have the pleasure of having my son attend Keller. He is a student in the 1st grade! 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 normally coach the Keller team but am taking a break this year to complete some graduate courses.
This year I am mentoring two ASU intern students; Mr. Sam Jensen and Ms. Debra Nimoki. They bring a fresh and innovated outlook to our 5th grade 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. Our fifth grade team is using Social Studies content to teach higher lever reading skills.
I'm really excited for this year!