Benavides Elementary Supervisor, Javier Hernandez was named Region One’s Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association(TEPSA) 2018 Assistant Principal of the Year.

Hernandez goes above and beyond for his students every day to see them excel and evolve into the best versions of themselves. He finds ways to connect with his students and with the community to ensure total engagement and growth in community interaction.

In the four years Hernandez has been at Benavides, he’s ensured that every student has school supplies at the beginning of the academic school year and a token of appreciation when the holidays roll around. With his continuing efforts, he’s seen a big change in community involvement.

“The most significant change has been the acceptance from the community. Being here for the parents and listening to them really makes a difference. Parents just want to know that someone is there who will listen to their concerns and understand where they’re coming from without being judgmental and unwelcoming,” Hernandez said. “My goal has been to solve every issue at the campus level before complaints reach central office. Parents are understanding as long as they know their concerns are being handled and resolved.”

Hernandez believes that respect plays a big role and leads by example around the school and community.

“Treat everyone with dignity and respect, even the child. No matter what, if you treat them like that they’ll convey that message and start to implement that same respect into their attitude towards their parents and those around them,” said Hernandez.

Region One Education Service Center serves 37 school districts and 10 charter school systems across seven counties. Among these districts, Hernandez set himself apart and gained recognition for his hard work and dedication to his students and the Benavides community. In June, Hernandez will represent Region One in hopes of being selected as TEPSA’s Assistant Principal of the Year along with 19 other hopefuls from regions across the state.