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
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)