July 31, 1998

Linda Hernandez is employee of the Quarter

By Yvonne Manzo

Linda Hernandez

"Just when you think you know what the day will be like, one small event can change your entire plan... I like the fact that no two days are alike," says Linda Hernandez. Hernandez, who serves the Southwestern College campus as a Clerical Assistant II for the Math/Sciences and Engineering Division, is Southwestern's July-September Employee of the Quarter. "Linda is a very creative, helpful, and pleasant colleague. She is well organized and very cooperative with both faculty and students," says Delores Chris-tiansen, professor of math.

"Linda is truly an example of `grace under pressure!' Our division office is one of the largest divisional offices on campus, and Linda is always cool, calm, and collected," says Barbara Hampson, Instructional Lab Technician.

Hernandez came to Southwestern College in 1990 as a temporary replacement in the Math, Science, and Engineering Division. She was hired permanently that same year. This South Bay native graduated from Montgomery High School in 1985 and attended a technical college for dental and front office management careers. She received a Dental Assistant and Office Management certificate in 1988 and began working for a local dental office for two years before coming to Southwestern College.

At Southwestern College, Hernandez also attends classes as a part-time student. "I'm an undecided major, but I currently take classes in secretarial procedures. These classes relate to my job and can help me advance," explains Hernandez.

"Linda is always taking courses at Southwestern College to improve herself with the latest technology and applies it to her job. This improvement is observed when she incorporates it in her daily work routine," says Rosana Pedroza, Instructional Lab Technician.

At Southwestern College, not only is Hernandez busy with her job and school, she was recently elected to serve on the Classified Senate. Previously she served as a co-coordinator for the first Chicano Latino Coalition graduation.

When she is not working or taking courses at Southwestern College, she can be seen taking tae kwon do, boxing, and self defense classes.

"I practice tae kwon do three days a week, boxing once a week, and self defense twice a week. As a result of my son's involvement, I was a tae kwon do "mom," soon after they started a class for adults," she explains.

As for the future, Hernandez plans to work towards her degree. She also plans to own a business." I would like to own a special events company for kids in Mexico," she says..

In regards to being honored as Employee of the Quarter, Hernandez comments, "Winning this award is very flattering."

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