Hudson welcomes new elementary associate principal

HUDSON – The Hudson City School District is pleased to welcome Dr. Trini Hernandez to its leadership team. Dr. Hernandez is a new associate principal at Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School.

Trini Hernandez. Photo contributed

Dr. Hernandez is a former Spanish teacher who also served as an assistant principal in Watervliet and the director of the Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (RBERN) for Questar III BOCES.

“I had an opportunity to work with the district in my previous position as director of RBERN, and I fell in love with the collegiality and sense of community here after meeting some administrators and teachers,” said Dr. Hernandez in a press release.

“I was also attracted to the district because of the diverse student population,” she continued. “It was important to join a school where I could use my unique skill set, background and expertise.”

At Questar III, she closely worked with school districts and the State Education Department to ensure that schools kept up-to-date on state goals and initiatives, especially those related to ELL students (or English Language Learners). She provided coaching, professional development and one-on-one assistance to teachers and school districts.

“We are excited to have Dr. Hernandez and we are looking forward to the experience she brings to this role,” said Mark Brenneman, MCSES principal, also in the release.

Dr. Hernandez earned a Master of Arts in Spanish Linguistics from SUNY Albany. She also has a Master of Science in Education, Administration & Educational Leadership as well as a School Building and District Leader Certificate of Advanced Study from the College of Saint Rose. She recently received a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Sage. Her doctoral work explored the influence of minority educational leaders and their ability to serve as positive role models for minority students in their districts.

Outside of school, she enjoys spending time with family and friends. She enjoys many outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, gardening and stargazing.

Dr. Hernandez was appointed by the HCSD Board of Education and began her position on September 7.

“I am extremely excited to be part of the Bluehawk community,” said she. “I look forward to learning about our community and how I can best support students, families, and teachers.”

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