Jazmin Hernandez Lavezzo
Jazmin Hernandez Lavezzo joined Turnaround for Children in 2021. She serves as a Partnership Director in California and works with educators and school districts across the country. She is deeply committed to Whole Child Design and Purpose and supporting the wellness of adults who serve our youth.
Prior to joining Turnaround, Jazmin worked in schools in the Los Angeles area and SF Bay area. She has taught pre-K, elementary, and middle school. Most recently, she was a district leader serving and supporting schools across the Bay Area. She has been an elementary school administrator as well as a founding lead teacher, instructional coach, and family coordinator, and taught ESL to adults. Throughout her career, Jazmin has believed that all students are brilliant and that schools should support a Whole Child Purpose.
She received a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies/Political Science and minors in Spanish and Nonprofit Management from Pepperdine University while graduating with academic honors and a Master of Arts in Urban Education from Loyola Marymount University. She is an alumnus of Teach for America and New Leaders for New Schools.
Who is your hero?
The best person I have ever met is my maternal grandfather, Luis Hernandez. When I had a son, I chose to give him the same name to honor his selfless sacrifice and devotion to his family. He grew up in small village in Zacatecas, Mexico and came to work in California as a teenager. His entire life he has put his family first and broken his body to provide for those he loves. Despite only going to school for three months he is one of the most brilliant people I have ever met. To most people it would seem like his life has been nothing but challenges and incredibly hard work, yet he is the most positive, joyful person I know who believes all his dreams have come true because of where his children and grandchildren are today. I aspire to have his level of brilliance, joy, work ethic, selflessness, and hope. I am who I am today because of his sacrifice and love.
What is your greatest achievement?
My greatest achievement is most definitely being the mother of two healthy, beautiful sons—Louis and Mateo. They are the joy of my life. I am so proud of them and it is one of the greatest honors of my life to be their mother. As they grow, learn, and smile it is clear that they are the greatest thing I have ever done.