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Excellence in Teaching

Hernand Morales

South Coast Section

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After high school, Hernand joined the US Army which included tours in Iraq, Desert Storm, Panama and Grenada. After 14 years of service, Hernand attended the Nova Institute where he received his Medical Assistant training. He currently attends Azusa Pacific University where he will obtain a BA in June 2018.

Dedicated to preparing students with real workplace skills, Hernand's classroom mimics an actual medical back office. Communication and empathy are at the core of Hernand's teaching philosophy. He believes instilling those traits in his students will elevate them to become enthusiastic, service-oriented professionals.

Hernand is passionate about teaching aspiring Medical Assistants; his motivation is derived from his personal desire to change the apathy within the field and make students more empathetic, energized and knowledgeable health care professionals.

A past Youth Group Coordinator, Hernand also serves his community by volunteering at health fairs. Students often return to share how extremely well-prepared they are thanks to Hernand's instruction.