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by Ergisa X '16

Teacher of the Month: Ms. Hernandez

When did you start teaching?
I started teaching in 2002.

What did you want to be when you were younger?
When I was younger I really wanted to be a doctor.

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Astoria, around Ditmars Blvd. Steinway Street area.

What hobbies do you have?
I like to play video games.

How old were you when you wanted to be a teacher?
I was about 24 years old.  I was working in Business, I wanted to do something to give back to society.  I was good at math , and I was interested in teaching.  I had seen a show with the NYC teaching fellows, it allowed people who didn’t go through formal teaching programs to become teachers.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Well, I hope to still be teaching math.

What do you think is your best quality as a teacher?
I never give up on my students, I always like to push my them to do their best.

What do you think makes a good student?
A student who does their homework! everyday!! A student who is focused in class, and other kids can learn from that student.

What is your favorite part of teaching at BSGE?
My favorite part of teaching at BSGE is working with students that care about their work.  Most of the students at BSGE show that they want to do their best by the quality of their homework, the way they participate with others in class, and in their reactions when they  want to improve.

What was the last book you read?
I don’t want to tell you the title of the last book I read.  All I could tell you is that it was a self-help book.  I’m not ashamed that I read it but I don’t want to share its title.

What is your favorite movie of all time?  
Well, that’s a hard one.  I love watching all types of movies.  If I have to pick one, I would pick “Superman:  The Movie”.  This is the one that was released in the late 1970’s.  I just love the acting, music, plot and so on for that movie.

What is your favorite cereal?
I don’t really eat cereal in the morning.  I guess I like Cheerios because of the crunchy o’s.

Which season do you prefer summer or winter?  Why?  
I prefer summer because you don’t have to wear layers of clothing.  Also, that’s when I have more free time.  There are also more opportunities to be outdoors.

If you could only use one for a week which wold you pick your computer, or your television? Why?
I would pick my computer because I use it more than I do the television.  Also, I use the computer to see the latest news and keep in touch with others.

What is the furthest you have ever traveled from home?  
I don’t travel as much as I want to travel.  The farthest I’ve ever been from home is El Salvador.  That’s my native country.

If you could go anywhere in time where would you go?
I wish this was possible.  I would go back to December 2009.  There is one event I wish I had the chance to do over.  That would be awesome.

Do you have any secret talent that no one knows about?
Unfortunately, none that I can think of.

Do you like spending more time indoors, or outdoors?
I like spending more time outdoors.  There’s only so much to do indoors and then it gets boring.

What’s your favorite animal?
I love dogs.  They are loyal and easy to take care of.  Also, they can be trained.

You said that you like to play video games, what would you say is your favorite game?  
Unfortunately, I haven’t played games in a while.  However,  my favorite game of all time is “The Legend of Zelda :  The Windwaker”.  I really liked the graphics, plot and music of this game.  I enjoyed finding new weapons to defeat the bosses.  I can’t wait for the next Zelda game.

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