Patrick Hernandez was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He has a BA in Latin American Studies from CU, Boulder and a Master’s degree in Education Administration from the University of Phoenix. He spent time studying Spanish and teaching English in Guadalajara, Mexico before he embarked on his teaching career back in 1992 with the Denver Public Schools. He was a bilingual teacher and administrator for over 14 years with DPS. Patrick also has 11 years of teaching experience with the Aurora Public Schools where all 11 of those years were spent at Vaughn Elementary. He is returning to the classroom after a two year hiatus from the profession and he’s “super” excited to be at Wheeling.
Mr. Hernandez loves to travel, root for his Denver sports teams and listen to music in his free time. His biggest passion is to travel and combine it with seeing a concert/music festival or sporting event. Patrick also likes to read, binge watch TV series, and spend time in the mountains with his wife and dog. His favorite book is On the Road by Jack Kerouac and his favorite tv series is The Wire on HBO. He especially likes to fish and hike in the South Park area between Breckenridge and Fairplay.
Patrick does not have any kids but he does have a 7-year-old German Shepherd named Lupita who keeps him plenty occupied and his numerous nephews, nieces, and students have helped fill this heavenly void. Patrick has dedicated his life to working with young people since he was 16 years of age. He has made it his mission to instill the importance of an education to students of all backgrounds, races, and ethnicities- but namely those from the inner city where he too grew up.
Kevin Kregar spent his entire childhood in Aurora, graduating from Smoky Hill High School in 1999. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education, both from the University of Northern Colorado. In 2003, he was fortunate to participate in a study abroad program at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. Kevin has worked with children for many years, in three unique capacities. As an entertainer, he performed in various children’s shows for theme parks in Colorado and Virginia. As a healthcare professional, he worked with pediatric cancer patients in New York City. As an educator, he is going on his 9th year working for Aurora Public Schools, mostly with 4th and 5th graders. Kevin is a dog lover, an arts enthusiast, an obsessed basketball fan, and an advocate for both diversity and equality.
Robin Sands grew up in Denver but moved to Southern California in 1986, living 3 miles from the ocean for twenty years. After many years in the restaurant business, Miss Sands went back to school to become a teacher. She graduated from California State University, Fullerton in 2003, with a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential in Child Development and Adolescent studies. In 2006, she moved back to Colorado. She has been teaching in Aurora Public Schools since 2007. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and is often found wandering through the library or a bookstore. She also likes to cook, trying out new gluten free recipes all the time. She lives in South Aurora with her adorable dog, and her 3 cats. When she retires, she wants to write children’s books.