I am Andrea Hernandez; my business card reads simply “Passionate Educator.”
I’ve enjoyed (and am still enjoying) a long and winding career in education, with a variety of experiences, both in and out of the classroom. My experience includes working with students, ages K through adult (currently as 21st century learning specialist and instructional coach at the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School), authoring and facilitating online classes for Professional Learning Board and most recently, co-creating an amazing conference called edJEWcon.
The overriding interest that drives my work is literacy. My purpose, whether working with tech tools, teachers, kids or any combination of these is to help students develop strong, integrated, independent literacy skills. I define literacy in the broadest sense, to include basic literacy as well as 21st century literacies.
Currently, I am exploring and documenting the use of student blogfolios as a platform for personalized learning and documentation of growth across subject areas.
My formal education includes a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technologies from San Francisco State’s ITEC program, where I continued to teach after earning my degree. I have also completed a coaching certification through the American School of Professional Life Coaching.
My informal education is ongoing. I learn daily through a mix of methods and in a variety of settings. These include working with students and teachers, reflecting, blogging, tweeting, collaborating, mistake-making, reading, creating and sharing.