Eddy Hernandez Perez

Eddy Hernandez Perez

Job Title
Law Student
Company
The University of Texas at Austin
University
Boston College
Harvard University Graduate School of Education
The University of Texas at Austin
Corps Year: 
2010
Corps Region: 
San Antonio

Thanks to Teach For America Eddy Hernandez Perez was able to acquire the leadership skills necessary to rise to challenges he may have once thought insurmountable. Having helped found a leadership development program in the community in which he taught and earning a master’s degree in education from Harvard, Eddy is now pursuing a degree in law and plans to serve as legal counsel to school districts. Armed with his knowledge of education and legal training, Eddy looks forward to supporting schools in their mission of helping students achieve their highest potential.

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Career Path

Teach For America: San Antonio Corps
As a fifth-grade teacher, Eddy took the time to get to know his students and their families. He was subsequently nominated for the district’s Rising Star Award, which honors first-year teachers.
Education Policy Intern
While in the corps, Eddy interned with San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro’s education policy adviser. The connections he made with stakeholders and leaders in the community would prove invaluable.
Leadership SAISD Executive Director
After TFA, Eddy helped create a leadership development program for community members in the San Antonio Independent School District. He soon became the organization’s executive director.
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Following the launch of Leadership SAISD and the completion of the program’s first class, Eddy enrolled at Harvard. An Urban Scholars Fellow, he studied education policy & management.
The University of Texas at Austin School of Law
While in law school Eddy has clerked for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Texas Charter Schools Association, & the Texas Association of School Boards.

Q & A

Q
How did you find out about Teach For America?
A

I saw signs for TFA my senior year at Boston College. I researched it online, and the website said, “A student’s zip code shouldn’t determine their academic outcome.” That really resonated with me and reaffirmed the path I knew I wanted to pursue.

Q
In what ways has TFA influenced your career path?
A

TFA helped me understand that supporting childhood education is my passion in life. Though I won’t be in the classroom, my commitment will be the same. I’ve come to realize that education is the field in which I can use my talents to help the most, and I am going to give it 100 percent. 

Q
What skill did you attain as a corps member that you believe to be most valuable?
A

TFA taught me to look at challenges with greater optimism. I no longer look at problems as insurmountable—I’m much more emboldened to break large problems down and say, “Let’s take it one step at a time.”

Q
How will your work with school districts promote educational equity?
A

The law can be overwhelming. If school districts know their legal bases are covered, they are able to devote more time, energy, and resources to the bottom line, which is making sure that kids are doing well. Having a first rate legal team allows districts to focus on what’s best for kids and what the district can do to help students reach their fullest potential.

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