TJ- Valencia-Hernández


Lynne Valencia-Hernández 
“Say what you mean and mean what you say.”

Graduate English Certification:
Colorado State University, 2019
National Board Certification:
Literacy and Language Arts, 2011
Masters of Education:
English as a Second Language
University of Colorado at Boulder, 2005
Licensure: Elementary Education
Metropolitan State College of Denver, 2000
Bachelor of Fine Arts:  Photography
University of Colorado at Denver, 1996

ENDORSEMENTS: Colorado Dept. Education
• Elementary Education
• English as a Second Language K-12

Life Before Thomas Jefferson High School

     I have been teaching in Denver Public Schools since 1998. I have taught at Garden Place Academy and Beach Court Elementary.  I am a native to Denver, Colorado. My husband, also a public educator, and I have graduated our two children through Denver Public Schools.  In my free time, I love gardening, cooking, fishing, reading, and writing.  I also enjoy traveling.  Latin American and Ethnic studies are also a passion of mine.  I especially enjoy reading Latin American literature that weaves magical realism into stories to turn the mundane into the maravilloso.  This year I am teaching 3 sections of English IV 099 in partnership with Western State University.  Students in these classes will earn concurrent enrollment credits for high school, as well as, college.  Teaching and learning are important to me because I have witnessed first-hand the power of education and its potential to become the greatest equalizer.