Editor’s note: This is a profile on one of the six 2011 Golden Apple winners in Collier County.
Teaches: Multimedia design at the Immokalee Technical Center in Immokalee
Teaching experience: 23 years
What does the Golden Apple mean to you? “To be a Teacher of Distinction is a big accomplishment. My students believed in me, believed that I would get this. It is a great honor. I am very surprised.”
Jaime Hernandez got into education 24 years ago because his father suggested it after he graduated college with a bachelor in fine arts. He said he has never regretted it.
“Being a teacher is the best thing I have ever done. I am the biggest student because I always learn from them,” he said.
Principal Dorin Oxender said Hernandez is “magical.”
“He was the first fine arts teacher to bring a computer into the art classroom,” he said. “But it’s more than what he brings to the curriculum. He is very warm and kind.”
To celebrate Hernandez’s Golden Apple, the first for iTECH since it opened its doors two years ago, Oxender called the entire school into the courtyard to salute the teacher.
“Thank you so much,” Hernandez told the students and his visitors.