Phone: (847)-451-3159


Degrees and Certifications:

Illinois State Professional Educator License M.Ed.- Science Education University of Illinois-Chicago '21 B.S.- Animal Science Illinois State University '16 Endorsement: ESL/Bilingual-Spanish

Ms. Karina Hernandez

Welcome! I joined the Science department at Leyden in 2021. I am very excited to be a part of the Leyden community! 


I earned my Bachelor's of Science in Animal Science at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. I enjoy learning and teaching students about animals and the natural environment. I continued my educational journey at the University of Illinois-Chicago where I completed my Masters of Education in Science Education. I am also endorsed in ESL/Bilingual-Spanish.


In my free time, I spend time with my family, friends and my furbabies. I have two dogs and two cats. I also enjoy jogging, biking and gardening. 

In addition, I've worked in the animal care field since 2015.  I've worked as a veterinary technician in an animal hospital setting for about six years now. I also foster and bottle feed kittens during the spring and summer time.