Our Principal

Meet Fernando J Hernandez

Greetings everyone,

Perkins is a magnificent school located in Barrio Logan.  We have students from the age of 3 all the way to eighth grade.  We strive to create a strong family-like environment in school.  It is important that students feel a strong sense of belonging.  This greatly enhances academic achievement.  

We also strive to provide as many unique experiences as possible to our students.  For example, we organize very special trips for our students.

We have been to Washington, DC several times with our 5th grade and 8th grade students over the last 20 years.  We have been to Russia to the cities of Novocherkassk and to Vladivostok to visit our sister schools.  We have taken groups of students to Russia seven times over a span of ten years.  We have also hosted students from Russia and from Japan in our community on exchanges.  These opportunities that our students have experiences are memories that will never be forgotten.  In fact, they motivate our students to do even better in school

We have been to space.  Members of our Astronomy club sent a weather balloon with a GPS device and a camera that took pictures.  The balloon rose to 22 miles before bursting and falling to the desert near the Salton Sea.  The experience was marvelous.  Our students took precautions to keep the camera from freezing at 22 miles above the Earth. 

Also, eighth grade students go on a week long trip to visit several universities all across California from Sacramento all the way down to Los Angeles.   This experience helps set the stage to dream and plan for college as students begin high school. 

My goal as principal is to show students what is out there beyond our community. We have many programs to engage students and their families and to educate them beyond the classroom.  It is important that students be surrounded by loving, caring adults at school.  This only helps children thrive and reach their full potential.


Principal at white house
Principal Hernandez, left, leads fifth graders on annual trip to Washington, D.C.

Arriving in Russia
The principal leads a group on a tour of Russia and Perkin's sister school there.

Russians with Principal
Principal Hernandez, left, with community members and Russian educators on an exchange visit.

Perkins is a school in perpetual motion. Among our many programs is our annual trip to Washington, D.C., concluding our study of American history. Our students learn about goal setting, for they raise their own funds for the trip. When they tour our nation's capital, they can see and feel much more about what our country means. They learn far beyond the classroom lessons, important life skills like ettiquette, the practical experience of travel, crossing time zones and even jet lag!

We welcome all to come see our amazing Perkins students in action!

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