Therese Hernandez, MEd, MA
Responsible for placing Lourdes teacher candidates into area schools to complete their clinical and field experiences, Mrs. Therese Hernandez enjoys her role as the Coordinator of Clinical and Field Experiences in the Education Division of the College of Social Sciences. “We are proud of the well-rounded experience that Lourdes offers to our students. Our goal is to expose them to many different types of schools, content and learners before they enter the classroom as a licensed teacher.”
Each year, more than 700 hours of classroom experience and 2,000 clinical hours are completed by education students. Mrs. Hernandez is responsible for placing over 200 students in area schools for their student teaching experiences. The Lourdes Education Division has a proven record of accomplishment for preparing excellent teachers. Currently, 90 percent of graduates are teaching in 87 Ohio school districts and in 23 states and Canada.
Coming from a family of educators, she has always had an interest in teaching and learning. “I love to assist others in reaching their full potential. The professional development and preparation of teachers for the classroom has always been my passion. It is especially rewarding to know that my work will affect students and families during their formative years,” she says.
Earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a Master of Arts degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of South Florida, Mrs. Hernandez graduated with a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Catholic Education from the University of Dayton. She also holds administration licensure in K – 12 Educational Leadership from both the Ohio and Florida Departments of Education and a FDOE teaching endorsement in English to Speakers of Other Languages.
Born and raised in Florida, Mrs. Hernandez has almost 30 years of service as an educational leader. Her contributions include 15 years as an administrator in the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg and as a Teacher and Teacher Trainer for the Hillsborough County Public School System in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area. In the latter, she utilized her expertise in ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) to create, develop and implement curriculum for postgraduate teachers.
As an Independent Contractor, she has consulted with school districts to plan workshops and in-service trainings on the topic of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). In her new position as the Coordinator of Clinical and Field Experiences, she is afforded the opportunity to work in the higher education arena while still having contact with local K-12 school districts.
A recipient of the Innovations in Catholic Education (ICE) Award from Today’s Catholic Teacher in 2015, Mrs. Hernandez was also presented with the Distinguished Graduate Award by Nativity Catholic School in honor of her contribution to Catholic Education. Outside of Lourdes, she has enjoyed work as a board member of Matthew 25 Outreach where she assisted in the writing of the bylaws for the opening of the center.
Happily married to Lawrence, the couple have three adult children. Mrs. Hernandez is excited to be a member of the Lourdes community. Having always had a passion for education and sports, the University and Lourdes students are in great hands with this dynamic professional and educational leader.