List of 11 frequently asked questions.

  • My primary roles at Thacher

    I teach Latin and Spanish; advise sophomore boys; am a riding instructor; and serve as the advisor for the school newspaper (The Thacher Notes), SPECTRUM, and the Jewish Student Alliance. 
  • What my students call me

    Mr. Hernández (with the ‘H’ pronounced).
  • I knew I wanted to work at Thacher when

    I came to campus to interview. I had just escaped a February blizzard in western Massachusetts. I spent the two sunsets of that visit at the Outdoor Chapel in awe of the sunset’s glow over the Ojai Valley.
  • Favorite job perk

    Getting to ride a horse in the afternoons after classes with a fun group of kids and a great mentor (William Okin).
  • When not in the classroom I can be found

    In the library doing NYTimes crossword puzzles.
  • Favorite place at Thacher

    The Cow Arena on Saturday mornings.
  • Favorite place in my imagination

    The Prelude to J.S. Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in G major.
  • Favorite places on earth

    Jarabacoa, República Dominicana (my birthplace); Washington Heights, New York, New York (my rearingplace); St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire; Viterbo, Italy; Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts; Tsfat, Israel; and Nafplio, Greece.
  • Hardly anybody knows that

    I knit.
  • The book, movie, work of art, or piece of music I cannot imagine life without

    Books:
    Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey; Hesiod’s Theogony and Works and Days; Euripides’ Medea and The Bacchae; Vergil’s Aeneid; Ovid's Metamorphoses; Dumas’ Le Comte de Monte-Cristo; Thomas Mann’s Der Tod in Venedig; Camus’ L’Étranger; Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises; Umberto Eco’s Il Nome Della Rosa; García-Márquez’s Cien Años de Soledad; and Vargas-Llosa's La Fiesta del Chivo.

    Movies:
    All of Almodóvar; Something’s Gotta Give; Le Divorce; Le Dîner des Cons.

    Music:
    Columba Aspexit by St. Hildegard von Bingen, Sibyl of the Rhine
  • What I wanted to be when I grew up (when I was 10)

    An international spy.