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.  This past summer my husband and I traveled to Valencia, Spain.  We enjoyed immersing ourselves in the culture and architecture of the region.  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 Introduction to Ethnic Studies through the University of Colorado, Introduction to Chicana/o Studies through Metropolitan State University of Denver, and Latina/o Literature through Arapahoe Community College.  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.