Heritage welcomes Hernandez

Hernandez hangs out with a student before class starts. Even though he is new to Heritage, Hernandez previously worked in the special education department in Cherry Creek Schools.

Hernandez hangs out with a student before class starts. Even though he is new to Heritage, Hernandez previously worked in the special education department in Cherry Creek Schools.

As the 2015‐2016 school year kicks into high gear, Heritage receives an addition to the PACE program as new paraprofessional Mr. Brandon Hernandez seamlessly joins the community.

From the time he was young, Hernandez had always had an interest in education.

“I always wanted to give back to kids so I decided that being a teacher would be the best outcome for me,” says Hernandez.

Hernandez is passionate about seeing students grow and being independent.

“Things that somebody says they can never do; I like seeing them accomplish those things and shine through,” says Hernandez.

Originally, he started out as a counselor (Hernandez earned his master’s degree in counseling), but made the switch to teaching.

“It wasn’t personal enough with kids. I wanted to be more hands-on,” says Hernandez.

Even when he’s not at Heritage, Hernandez is still involved with kids. He is currently working on some behavioral analysis for a family that has a child with special needs and still babysits on the weekends for a family he started working for seven years ago.

When he’s not surrounding himself with kids, Hernandez takes his dog, Oreo, for hikes and to agility training. If it is one thing about education that Hernandez loves the most, it is seeing students being themselves and growing more as a person.

“He comes to work each day eager to help our students reach their highest potential, which is the goal of our department,” says Ms. Mindy Wilson, head of the PACE department.

This year, Hernandez plans to return to school and get his masters in special education from the University of Northern Colorado. In addition to returning to school, Hernandez’s biggest goal is to become more understanding. He wants to have a better understanding of everyone and who they are as individuals.

“Everybody has a story to tell and I just need to hear their story,” says Hernandez.

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