Long Beach teacher Rosa Hernandez was named as a runner up for the national 2010 Toyota Family Literacy Teacher of the Year award recently at the National Conference on Family Literacy in San Antonio. Hernandez, an early childhood educator, has been working at the Long Beach Family Literacy Program for 14 years. The program is located at the Long Beach School for Adults.
Hernandez reached finalist status in 2008 and went on to reach runner-up status this year out of a pool of five top educators in the nation.
The honors go to educators who demonstrate extraordinary efforts to improve the literacy skills of children and their parents.
"I was very honored and surprised," Hernandez said of the runner-up notification. "What I do every day comes from the bottom of my heart."
Hernandez teaches children and their parents literacy and life skills. In Long Beach Family Literacy, parents join their preschool children in class for two days each week, learning how to support their education. The parents also take computer literacy, parenting and English as a Second Language classes at the same time on the Long Beach School for Adults campus where their children attend.