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Dr. David A. Hernandez

I'm glad you've dropped by my web page. My name is Dave Hernandez, and I'm pleased to be returning again this year to teach at The Heights. It will be my 13th year teaching in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. Prior to my arrival in this District, I taught for nine years in the Whittier City School District...and I won't say how many years in Canada before that (or I'd be dating myself). Suffice it to say that I've taught every grade/age from kindergarten through doctoral students, and my teaching preference is kindergarten!

I'm very honored to be your child's teacher and to be entrusted with the awesome responsibility of being a part of your child's academic and social-emotional growth this year. I look forward to teaming with you in order to provide your child with a wonderful kindergarten experience.

If you are interested, my educational background and credentials are listed below. I've also included links to four articles published about me. The other link is an article I was contracted to write in 2002 for CBC News Online for a special feature on Canadians who have relocated to work outside Canada. It's a personal reflection of my journey from Canada to the U.S. (The top picture in that CBC News Online article is my being buried in the sand by my sister and her two children, my nephew Caleb and niece Bethany.)

If you need to contact me for any reason, please do so by e-mail at or by telephone at (949) 515-6970.


Dave's Education


Doctor of Psychology, California Southern University, Irvine, CA (in progress)

Master of Arts in Education in School Psychology (with Pupil Personnel Services credential), Alliant International University, Irvine, CA (in progress)

Doctor of Education in K-12 Instructional LeadershipCalifornia State University, Fullerton/University of California, Irvine (2006)

Doctor of Philosophy in Executive Management, Claremont Graduate University (2004)

Master of Arts in Education (Elementary), Claremont Graduate School (1998)

Master of Business Administration in Information Systems, Wayne State University (1996)

Bachelor of Commerce in Business Administration, University of Windsor (1992)

Bachelor of Education (Secondary), University of Windsor (1984)

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Windsor (1983)


Pupil Personnel Services Credential, School Psychology (in progress)

Administrative Services Credential (2004)

Single Subject Clear Credential (2002) – Business, Computer Concepts and Applications, Geography, Office Technologies including Word Processing and Business Communications, Psychology

Multiple Subjects Clear Credential with CLAD (1998)


Educational Technology - Cerritos College (2000)

French Communication – St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology (1993)

Intermediate/Senior Teaching Certificate – Ministry of Education, Province of Ontario, Canada (1984)


University of California, Irvine - June 2015
Alumnus Combines K-12 Teaching, Mentorship, and Research


2 University of California, Irvine - August 2009
Versatile Scholar Educates Kindergarteners Through Graduate Students

3 Orange County Register Article - July 3, 2007
Newport Kindergarten Teacher Among Inaugural Ph.D. Class
4 California State University, Fullerton - July 3, 2007
The Seventh Degree: Newport Beach Kindergarten Teacher Earns CSUF Doctorate.
5 CBC News Online - 2002
Life Without Butter Tarts (Special Feature: The Way We Work)

Articles Co-authored in Last 5 Years

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