MAT alum Kearstie Hernandez describes a typical day as a high school chemistry teacher

“These kids need someone that’s going to push them and fight for them—’I will be there, I will support you, I will keep going for you, I will pull for you, I will fight for you, I will do everything I can for you.’ I do it because I love them and I want to see them succeed.”

Huntington Park High School chemistry teacher Kearstie Hernandez became an educator to see students reach those “A-ha!” moments. Now she’s opening her students’ eyes to the idea of being scientists, or to teaching their own future students to love science.