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Anthony Hernandez's family moved to Austin, Minnesota from California when he was 10 years old. His first political experiences came in southern Minnesota: door knocking for his state representative and Tim Walz, being engaged with student government, and making short documentaries about political topics. 

Anthony's interest in education began as an undergraduate at Harvard College. Coursework, service trips, and summer internships allowed him to visit and volunteer at schools in Boston, Washington, D.C., Minneapolis, and the Mississippi Delta. In 2011 he earned the prestigious Truman Scholarship, awarded to college juniors pursuing careers in public service, by which time he knew he wanted to become an elementary school teacher. He was one of two undergraduates chosen to speak at Harvard's 375th commencement in 2012. 

After graduating in 2012, Anthony spent two years teaching first and then second grade in Washington, D.C. receiving his training through the Capital Teaching Residency, a teacher preparation program that pairs new teachers with a mentor teacher through a year-long mentorship and training experience. 

In 2014 he moved home to Minnesota and was fortunate to land a teaching position at Global Academy, a public charter school in Columbia Heights and one of the best beating-the-odds schools in the Twin Cities. From 2014 to 2016 he taught third grade and since the fall of 2016 has been teaching second grade. Beginning in 2015 he has served as an elected teacher representative on Global's school board and since 2016 serves as board treasurer.  

Since February 2016 he has been a board member and treasurer for the Saint Anthony West Neighborhood Organization. He currently lives in the Sheridan neighborhood.