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District 196 hires former elementary principal Lynn Hernandez to lead 196Online

District 196 Superintendent Mary M. Kreger announced the hiring of Lynn Hernandez to be the next coordinator of the district’s K-12 online school, 196Online, which is completing its first year.

Lynn Hernandez

Hernandez was principal at Diamond Path Elementary School of International Studies for 14 years before retiring in 2018 after a 22-year career in District 196. In 2020, she returned to fill a one-year vacancy as assistant administrator at Rosemount Elementary School and is currently completing a one-year position as assistant administrator at Greenleaf Elementary School. She has also been a student teacher supervisor at Winona State University since 2018.

Hernandez will take over as coordinator of the 196Online program on July 1, replacing Teaching and Learning Coordinator Jenny Huling, who helped develop the program and is serving as coordinator in the school’s inaugural year. 196Online was created last year in response to parent demand for an online option during the COVID-19 pandemic. 196Online offers a comprehensive curriculum that allows for flexible, personalized learning experiences and access to academic support similar to what is available in District 196 school buildings.

“I’m excited to join the staff of 196Online and the opportunity to work with them to continue shaping District 196’s online school presence,” Hernandez said. “The staff has worked hard to meet students’ needs in a meaningful way. It’s an honor to be able to collaborate with them and our families to provide opportunities for student success.”

Hernandez taught for Department of Defense schools in Kentucky and Germany before coming to District 196 in 1996 as a fourth-grade teacher at Rosemount Elementary. She worked in that position for five years and was then the assistant administrator at Rosemount for three years before she was hired to be principal at Diamond Path in 2004.

Hernandez has a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Texas, Arlington, earned her teaching certification at Concordia University in Portland, Ore., and received her master’s in curriculum development and administrative license from Hamline University.