Sandra Hernández was born and educated in Colombia, South America.
She began her career in interior design in Bogotá, and was a designer for 20 years before branching out into language translation, earning a proofreading and editing certificate from Redactores Profesionales in 2001.
In 2004, Sandra left Colombia for Canada. She continued to practise interior design and earned a Management Certificate in Interior Design from BCIT in 2007. In 2016, she added a UBC Award of Achievement in Spanish/English Translation to her credentials.
In addition to teaching in the UBC Extended Learning languages program, Sandra has a successful private translation and tutoring business specializing in teaching and advising International Baccalaureate high school students. She has also been teaching Spanish to seniors at the Wilson Centre in Port Coquitlam for more than eight years. Sandra has worked as a leader teacher to design, plan and implement a Spanish program for adults at Europa Language School in Coquitlam, and has hosted Spanish classes for local businesses.
Her students regard her as a resourceful, compassionate, patient, creative and dedicated instructor who draws on culture and life experiences, injected with healthy doses of humour, to teach Spanish.