Eric Hernandez: Certificated Employee of the Year Eric Hernandez is an outstanding counselor, team-member, and leader at Royal Oaks STEAM Academy. In the two years with Duarte, he has quickly become an asset on our campus for both students and staff members. His passion for students is palpable in all of his actions - whether leading a group, working with students one-on-one, or assisting parents. His gifts truly came to light this year as we all navigated through the challenges of distance learning. He didn’t let the roadblocks of technology and distance keep him from reaching out and connecting with our community. You would find him in classrooms, making sure students were staying engaged with their learning, calling home to connect with parents, attending IEPs or SSTs, running virtual meetings for academic or social support, organizing after-school social hours - sometimes all at the same time! As a member of the admin-team, Eric wears multiple hats and juggles several responsibilities. And even with many things on his plates, he is always willing to do more - another meeting, another phone call, another, sometimes, crazy, idea in efforts to help our students - all the while, producing quality work. His attention to detail and dedication to his craft makes him dependable. His reflective and thoughtful intentions are what makes him an outstanding model staff member. But it is Eric’s passion for equity and access that award him as our Certificated Employee of the Year. Thank you Eric for caring so deeply for our students and being a leader at our school. You are so unassuming that you didn’t even know you were nominated for this recognition, or why you even won. We value your input - even if it’s your unsolicited dry sense of humour. Truly, we are grateful to call you our esteemed colleague and friend.