Degrees and Certifications:
Master of Science, Ed. - Educational Administration Master of Science - Art Education Bachelor of Science - K-12 Art Education; Emphasis in Painting Certified Trainer on Restorative Practices, IIRP RAND American School Leader Panel Member
Mr. Christopher McGraw
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Degrees and Certifications:
Master of Science, Ed. - Educational Administration Master of Science, Ed. - Reading Bachelor of Science- K-12 Spanish Education K-12th Spanish 5th-8th- Social Sciences K-4th- English as a Second Language K-4th- Bilingual Education- Spanish Pre-K-12th- Principal
Mrs. Rachael Hernandez
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Mrs. Hernandez grew up in Normal, Illinois and graduated from Calvary Baptist Academy in 2003. After high school, she went on to attend college at Olivet Nazarene University where she was blessed to meet her husband of 13 years, Shawn Hernandez. Mrs. Hernandez graduated from ONU Summa Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Science in Spanish Education in December of 2006. After teaching high school Spanish at Iroquois West High School in Gilman, IL., working with middle school bilingual students in Kankakee, IL., and instructing ESL in Peoria, Mrs. Hernandez started her career in Unit 5 in the fall of 2011 when she, her husband, and their two young boys (at the time) moved back to the Bloomington/Normal area to be closer to family. She served as a Teacher's Assistant at Cedar Ridge Elementary and then moved over to Normal West Community High School the following year to provide interventions to high school students. In 2013, Mrs. Hernandez was hired as a Spanish Teacher at West. During this time she and her husband added two more wonderful boys to their family (Yes, you read this right, Mrs. Hernandez has FOUR wonderful, active, curious, loving sons). She completed her Master of Reading at Illinois State University in August of 2015. For the past 4 school years, Mrs. Hernandez served as the Foreign Language Department Chair at Normal West and taught Spanish 2, Spanish 4 and Advanced Placement (college level) Spanish.
After working as a teacher leader for a few years, Mrs. Hernandez’s decided to serve Unit 5 families in a new capacity, as a principal. After finishing her Administrative Internship at NCHS this past spring, Mrs. Hernandez graduated from ISU with her Master of Science in Educational Leadership in May of 2019. She was recently honored and blessed to be hired at Evans Junior High as the new Associate Principal. She looks forward to working with all the students, staff, and families of Eagle Nation.
Mrs. Hernandez enjoys spending time with her family (including her 4 boys and 3 nephews) and friends on the lake, consuming Mexican food at all her local favorite restaurants, reading, attending her church’s Sunday services, and sipping a well made drink from Starbucks. She loves all things blue and her passion is to share her love of the Spanish language and culture. Her all time favorite painting is Guernica by Pablo Picasso.
IN JUNIOR HIGH
Mrs. Hernandez’s favorite classes were pre-algebra and Spanish. She played basketball and threw shot put and discus for the track team. She enjoyed traveling on mission trips with her youth group; including Mexico, which led to her love of Spanish. Mrs. Hernandez rode four wheelers with her friends in the countryside and could often be found on the couch curled up with a good book.