Degrees and Certifications:
Master's Degree - A&M University-Commerce Bachelor's Degree - University of North Texas Orff Level 1 Certified
Mrs. Kaleen R. Hernandez
Kaleen R. Hernandez is a director of bands for Strike Middle School. She received her Bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of North Texas. She studied under notable professors such as Christopher Deane, Ed Smith, Paul Rennick, and Jose Aponte.
Mrs. Hernandez graduated with her Master’s degree in music education from Texas A&M University-Commerce. She had the privilege of studying under Mrs. Darla Meek, Dr. Randall Hooper, Dr. Norman Wick, and Dr. David Scott. In 2016, she had the honor of presenting at a music educator’s workshop for A&M Commerce as well as a TMEA workshop in Richardson.
Prior to the 2020-21 school year, Mrs. Hernandez was the director of bands at Prestwick STEM Academy. There, she had the amazing opportunity of building a band program from the ground up and was able to double band participation within a few years. Her bands won many awards as well as a best in class honor in 2019.
Mrs. Hernandez is multi-faceted in her music teaching career. She is Orff Level 1 Certified and taught elementary music in Garland ISD before becoming a band director. She directed choir, recorder, and Orff/percussion ensembles on her campus that received many first division and best in class awards.
Mrs. Hernandez also has many years of experience teaching private percussion/piano lessons in Little Elm and surrounding north Texas areas. She continues to serve as a bass line marching tech, TMEA All-Region clinician, and TMEA All-Region judge.
Mrs. Hernandez is a member of Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Percussive Arts Society, and American Orff-Schulwerk Association. She is married to a super supportive husband, has two adorable sons with one on the way, and has a spunky maltese poodle. Aside from music, her hobbies include playing golf and being an avid TX Rangers fan!
8:55-9:50 Beginner Flute
*Beginner Clarinet/Beginner Saxophone: Mrs. Lawhead
9:53-10:43 Beginner French Horn
*Beginner Trumpet/Beginner Tuba: Mrs. Lawhead
10:46-11:36 At-Home Beginners (Beginner: Flute, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba)
*Beginner Clarinet/Saxophone/Trumpet: Mrs. Lawhead
11:39-1:12 Honors Band
*Symphonic Band: Mrs. Lawhead
2:08-2:58 Beginner Trombone/Tuba (At-Home Trombone)
*Beginner Percussion: Mr. Neal
3:01-3:51 Beginner Flute
*Beginner Clarinet: Mrs. Lawhead
3:54-4:30 At-Home Honors/Symphonic
*At-Home Honors: Mrs. Hernandez
*At-Home Symphonic: Mrs. Lawhead