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Macarena Hernandez Presents at South Texas Writing Project Fall Conference

Publication: The Bridge
Date: November 8, 2011

Summary: Journalist and educator Macarena Hernandez spoke about her personal experiences as a Mexican American growing up and teaching in the Texas school system at the South Texas Writing Project Fall Conference.


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During the conference, Hernandez described her first year teaching sophomore and junior high school students after she had recently graduated with a Masters of Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley. She explained that in the late nineties, she began teaching at her alma mater, La Joya High School, as an English teacher. "I was not a certified teacher...but I ended up doing what I knew how to do best which was how to write an interesting news story and my kids ended up doing really well in the writing part of the tests," stated Hernandez.

After reading excerpts from her writing series, she explained that "students should write what they know." She continued by stating that "the best storytellers, are the people from la frontera; le hechan mucha crema a los tacos." Hernandez described growing up in La Joya and the "magical place" she was living in. Her experience as child growing up on the border in the "ranchos" was what inspired her to become a writer. "My first experience as a storyteller was the border and the border really deeply shaped my life as a human being, as a writer, as a journalist and now as a professor," explained Hernandez.

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