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Mrs. W. Hernandez

PAL Program Teacher

Ms. Adrian

PAL Program Teacher


I want to impact a student’s learning experience in a positive way by creating a welcoming and supportive environment. Guide and support all students to learn and acquire the foundational skills to school readiness and independence. Reduce learning gaps and increase the achievement of all children. Promote a high quality early childhood education enriched and exposed to language, which is fundamental in literacy development and in all areas of learning. Getting to know a child as a whole is important in understanding a child’s strengths, preference, interest, personalities, and abilities. I believe that all children can thrive when families and educators work as partners to optimize their learning. Students of today are our future and therefore should be nurture and educated towards school readiness and independence.

Ms. Der

Transitional Kindergarten Teacher

Ms. Lee

Kindergarten Teacher


As an educator, I've found that "if a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn." -Ignacio Estrada

I've searched high and low to find new strategies to teach students so that what they learn stays with them for the rest of their lives.  It's not just about what they learned but about how they apply the learning to everything else.

Mrs. Jerez Hernandez

Kindergarten Teacher


As an educator I hope to be sensitive, supportive, and make learning appealing to all children.  I believe that the classroom is a place where I can help shape young minds to grow to their full potential, not only academically but socially.  I believe in the power of education and am dedicated to helping children succeed.  In order for quality education to occur, effective communication, collaboration, and positive interaction needs to take place between students, parents, teachers, school staff and community, which we have at Lafayette Park Primary Center.

Ms. Melendez

Kindergarten Teacher


"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." (W.B. Yeats)  My goal as a teacher is to ignite in my students a passion to learn, be curious, resilient, and become life long learners.  I want them to enjoy coming to school everyday and succeed in learning.