Jeffrey Hernandez - Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Jeffrey J. Hernandez has built his 25-year career as an educator serving low-performing schools. Serving in the role of an educational transformation agent, he has a rare and successful track record of improving the quality of teaching and learning throughout every facet of school improvement.

Mr. Hernandez began his career in Miami-Dade County Public Schools in 1988 as a school secretary and quickly rose through the educational ranks as a teacher, assistant principal and principal in multiple settings including elementary and secondary schools.

He continued his transformational career as Miami-Dade’s Regional Administrative Director for Curriculum and Instruction where he oversaw the operations and reform of 62 schools. This resulted in 20 low-performing schools improving their school performance grade under Florida’s A+ Plan and No Child Left Behind Accountability System.  

He was then appointed as State Regional Director of the Florida Department of Education and spearheaded the implementation of key strategies including data-driven instructional decision-making and the selection of enrichments and interventions needed to increase student performance. 

This resulted in 15 out of 16 State Intervene Schools improving their school performance under Florida’s Differentiated Accountability Plan. In 2008, he returned to the district level as the Chief Academic Officer of Palm Beach County, the 12th largest school district in the nation, where he oversaw the instructional operations of 210 schools and transformed 10 struggling schools into high performing educational institutions.

In 2010, Mr. Hernandez became NAEP’s Executive Officer and founder. After seeking out educators who share his vision and passion, he brought together an impressive group of national instructional experts with a specialized focus on school transformation and leader and teacher development.  Mr. Hernandez continues his success in transforming low-performing public schools through his direct leadership of school improvement projects in places such as Memphis, TN, Milwaukee, WI, and Providence, RI, using best-practice and research-based transformational strategies fused with his own extensive practitioner experience.


Unity of purpose gives strength, but, combined with knowledge, experience, and collaboration, outstanding results become common occurrence.