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Ms. Rachel Hernandez, Member

Rachel Hernandez is a Casa Grande Native and alumnus of Northern Arizona University. She earned a Master's degree in Educational Leadership and graduated with distinction. She was an educator at Cactus and Villago Middle School prior to moving on to Odyssey (Grande Innovations) and now Imagine Prep in Coolidge, where she currently teaches 8th grade Social Studies. Her career credits include Grade Level Leader, Department Head, Chair of Professional Development team, Differentiated Instruction Team, Site and District Professional Development Facilitator, Leadership Academy participant, Mock Trial teacher, Athletic Coach, Teacher Mentor, and Discipline Task Force Chair. She has been honored with an "Every Scholar has a Teacher" award. She is an artist and owner of Mariposa Studio where she not only creates art but coordinates art shows with other artists and has been featured at Xico Art Gallery in Phoenix. Along with being a board member for the Latino Famialia Initiative, Rachel has been on the Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Committee of Pinal County, the coordinator for the Eide Memorial Scholarship, delegate to the National Latino Institute's Children's Summit and has recently been appointed to the Casa Grande Elementary School District Governing Board. Rachel is also a co-facilitator for the Hispanic Leadership Institute- Pinal and current participant in the Arizona Education Foundation Principal's Leadership Academy. She lives in Casa Grande with her daughter Shannon and their three dogs.

Ms. Hernandez notes that "As a Casa Grande resident, a product of our elementary school district and parent of a student who attended a district school, I have a vested interest in ensuring its continued success. Since I worked for the district for 10 years and continue to practice my craft, I believe I can utilize my knowledge to help be a voice for teachers and school site staff. I would very much like to be a part of innovation when it comes to solving the issue of obtaining and keeping quality teachers. Service on the Casa Grande Elementary School District Governing Board will help me promote academic advocacy, which is my biggest belief for the success of our educational organizations. Successful schools equal successful communities".