by Andrew Fierro, Managing Editor
St. John Bosco is delighted to welcome Mrs. Mayra Fernandez, Activities Director, Spanish teacher and St. Joseph High School alumnus, to the Brave community.
Q. What college did you attend, when did you graduate, what did you study and why did you choose to study that?
A. I attended California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), and graduated in 2007. Although my original major was math and Spanish was my minor, after a trip to Argentina, I decided to change my major to Spanish. I then graduated with a Bachelor of the Arts (BA) in Spanish.
Q. What brought your interest in becoming an activities director?
A. Although I love teaching Spanish, I also love to plan and organize events. I love supporting my students in and outside of the classroom. I am always at their games and events, so it seemed like the right fit for me.
Q. How did you find St. John Bosco and what made you interested in working here?
A. I attended St. Joseph High School and taught there for 7 years. As a junior moderator, I would plan events with Bosco and I just loved the campus. It has always had a great reputation, so it was always my goal to work here. Also, the fact that it is less than 10 mins away from my house is an extra bonus.
Q. What is your favorite part about St. John Bosco thus far, why?
A. My favorite part about Bosco is working with my friend Ms. Schnorr and spending more time with my nephew, Isaac Aguilar, who is a senior.
Q. What is your favorite aspect of your job as an activities director?
A. I love the adrenaline rush of planning and executing events. I’m always trying to make it the best experience possible for students, as well as learning from my mistakes in order to make events better the next time. But most of all, I love working with Associated Student Board (ASB). These gentlemen are amazing. They make me laugh, and I love to see them shine at what they do best.
Q. What do you enjoy most about being back at school in person?
A. I enjoy getting to build relationships and really know my students – not just their ceiling fans.
Q. What activity or activities are you most looking forward to and why?
A. I’m most looking forward Día de Los Muertos. I began to come to this event when my children were small, and the school has always done a marvelous job putting this event together.
Q. What accomplishment are you most proud of, and what makes you proud of this accomplishment?
A. My most proud accomplishment is having my two boys. They are my pride and joy.
Q. Favorite music, artist, or genre?
A. I am all over the place when it comes to music, but I do love Spanish rock and 90’s alternative rock the most.
Q. Favorite movie/movies?
A. Horror movies are my favorite, especially anything with zombies and vampires.
Q. What are your favorite colors/colors?
A. My favorite colors are mint green and teal.
Q. Where is your favorite place to eat?
A. My favorite place to eat is Thai BBQ, in Cerritos.
Q. Favorite sport and team?
A. I like soccer, and I cheer for Mexico during the World Cup. I also like Baseball. Go Dodgers!
Q. Where did you grow up?
A. I grew up in Santa Fe Springs, CA.
Q. Do you have any pets?
A. I have one dog, Titan, and two fish, Jimmy Jr. and Fishy.
Q. Do you have any hobbies?
A. I like trying to find new and better ways to organize my home.
Q. If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A. I would go to Machu Picchu, Perú as well as Greece and Egypt.
Q. What is your favorite holiday?
A. I love Halloween. Dressing up in family-themed costumes, the decorations, the horror movies, trick-or-treating and pumpkin carving are awesome. I also like Día de Los Muertos. I enjoy making an altar, remembering our loved ones, and passing down traditions to my sons.
Q. Do you have any favorite TV shows?
A. My favorite TV shows are the Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead.
Q. Do you have any favorite video games if you play them?
A. I do not play video games. I can’t even pass the first level in the original Mario Bros. However, I was pretty good at Duck Hunt as a child.
Q. Did you play any sports growing up?
A. As a child, I was in ballet, tap, and gymnastics. I was a baton twirler for eleven years. In Junior High, I played basketball, volleyball and softball. In high school, I was on the swim team.