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#PREPpeople: Mario Hernandez
Posted 06/25/2019 02:53PM

One in an occasional series of snapshots spotlighting the people of St. John’s Prep

Mario Hernandez

HOMETOWN: Peabody, Mass. I grew up in the Dominican Republic, but moved to Peabody when I was 13.

EDUCATION: Diploma, Peabody High School

YEARS AT ST. JOHN’S: 18. I started in the dining hall in 2001 and moved to the Facilities Department in 2007.

DEPARTMENT: Facilities

WHAT DREW YOU TO ST. JOHN’S AS A PLACE TO WORK? “First of all, I fell in love with the campus. It’s beautiful! Then as I got to know the people more and more, I could see how polite the students are, and how wonderful the faculty are. I thought, ‘Oh, this is a friendly place. I could be really happy here.’ And, I have been. It’s one of the best jobs I’ve ever had. In facilities, we get to do a little bit of everything, so there is never a boring day. The time goes by so fast.”

WHAT DO YOU LOVE THE MOST ABOUT WORKING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE EVERY DAY?: “I’m grateful that my son is here and has experienced the Middle School and now the High School. The teachers reinforce the mission and values, and you can see it in the students and how they show respect. I was at Salem Willows once and a St. John’s student was working there at his summer job. He recognized me and said, ‘You work at St. John’s. I see you all the time on campus. It’s nice to see you!’ Just shows the respect that’s being taught here at St. John’s, and how thoughtful the kids can be.”

DESCRIBE A TEACHER WHO INSPIRED YOU GROWING UP: “To tell you the truth, I would say the teachers and staff here inspire me every day—folks like Dana Smith and Chad Konecky. It’s just such a nice community to be a part of. It’s inspiring to come to work every day with a community you love.”

FUN FACT: “I love to go bike riding with my son, or we’ll head down to the park and play baseball. I’m not that good, but we have a lot of fun! That’s what it’s all about—having fun and enjoying each other’s company.”

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