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Dr. Jennifer Hernandez is a veteran special education teacher of 15 years. She has primarily taught students with emotional disturbance, mental illness, and incarcerated youth in secondary alternative settings. In the last three years of her tenure in special education, Dr. Hernandez was a Special Education Administrator in the Ferguson-Florissant School District in Ferguson, MO. She was a witness and student advocate in the aftermath of the murder of Michael Brown and the community in trauma. She worked as an ally as the community responded with activism and the creation of Black Lives Matter. Dr. Hernandez completed her PhD in 2013 from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with a minor in Social Justice. The crux of her doctoral research included the critical analysis of racialized policies that facilitate the school-to-prison pipeline. Dr. Hernandez began teaching pre-candidate teachers as an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Quinnipiac University. She is currently teaching at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, IL in the Secondary Program for Teaching and Learning. Dr. Hernandez focuses on anti-bias/anti-racism training for in-service educators and teacher candidates to address racism and all forms of oppression in public education.

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