About Sra. López and Sra. Hernández

About Sra. López:

I am Gabriela Nava López, I teach Spanish at St. Joseph of Cupertino School. I am originally from San Luis Potosí, México, a colonial city in central México. I moved to the Bay Area with my husband in 1988. I have two daughters who graduated from SJC.

During my years as a parent, there was no foreign language program at SJC. I started giving private lessons before and after school to small groups. Little by little we  recognized the need to give all SJC students exposure to a foreign language. I first started teaching Spanish to the lower grades, and finally in 2004 Spanish was added to the curriculum for all grades. Since then, every year we have improved our program, not only to better prepare our students for high school, but to instill in them the desire to learn a foreign language and to learn about other cultures.

I love teaching and traveling. I love the Spanish language. I love working at SJC. I enjoy transmitting my culture to the children. I earned my BA at Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. I am currently working on my Masters degree in Spanish literature and linguistics.

About Sra. Hernández:

I am Karina Hernandez from Mexico City. In 2005 after getting married, I moved with my husband to the Bay Area.

I have a Bachelor in Media Communication from Universidad del Nuevo Mundo in Mexico City.

When I came to the Bay Area, an opportunity to teach Spanish knocked on my door and I have been teaching Spanish for six years, first in the after school program for kids in Berlitz, and now at SJC. Teaching spanish to children has been an enriching experience.

I have a son that is a first grader currently enrolled at SJC and I am so glad to be part of the staff now.