Haley Hernandez has lived her whole life in Tennessee, attending Hillsboro High School in Nashville, where she obtained an International Baccalaureate Programme diploma. Afterwards, she set off to Drury University in Springfield, MO (yes, there was a Drury Lane; no, there was no Muffin Man). Here she was a member of the Honor Program as well as Alpha Lambda Delta, an honor society. She also took part in the debate union, was a member of the Student Union Board, and treasurer of the Spanish club: Club Ñ.
When her major was phased out after her sophomore year, she was faced with a decision: change majors or change schools?
She decided on both. As for schools, she made the easy choice to return to TN and study at MTSU. As for majors, this was a harder decision. She had always envisioned herself as an elementary school teacher. As a child, she had a whiteboard in her room around which she gathered all of her stuffed animals and taught them all sorts of fun things. They even had show-and-tell! While she and her stuffed animals had a great time, she was not above doling out detention slips.
During her time at Drury, however, she had also found a new passion: video and film. What a tough decision! Ultimately, video and film ended up being the winner, and in 2019, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from MTSU with a B.S. in video and film and a minor in Spanish. Even so, she still yearned for the opportunity to be a teacher.
This yearning was fulfilled in part through volunteer work with the Nashville Adult Literacy Council, teaching ESL and adult literacy, but she still felt a greater need to be a teacher. In 2020, the opportunity arose and she joined the BLOOM PreK where she is able to see the lifelong dream of becoming a teacher come to fruition. She’s also made all sorts of wonderful, sweet, little friends! Haley says one of the most wonderful things about teaching kids so young is being able to mold and guide them from such a young start when everything is so new. We get to see them grow, learn compassion, kindness, how to share and how to not say “bathroom words” in the classroom. Working within the framework of the BLOOM PreK curriculum has been great for showing the little ones how much God loves us and giving the kids the tools to see their education and their belief system coincide beautifully.