Faculty Spotlight: Noelia Fernandez

Since Noelia Fernandez joined the Sacred Heart community in 2022 as a first grade teacher, she has dedicated her time to nurturing the minds and hearts of every student she teaches at 91st Street. 

"I absolutely love my role here at the Sacred Heart!” she said. “As a first-grade teacher, I get to witness the curiosity and excitement of young learners every day. It's such a joy to see their faces light up as they explore new ideas and discover the world around them."

Ms. Fernandez’s favorite time of day with her students is recess on the roof. 

"There's something magical about seeing the kids running around, playing games, and just being themselves in the fresh air and open space,” she said. “It's a time when they can unwind, socialize, and let their imaginations run wild."

Beyond the classroom, Ms. Fernandez extends her impact at 91st Street by coaching seventh and eighth graders in both swimming and cross country. She speaks fondly of the experience, highlighting the importance of fostering students’ athletic skills and hard work. "It's incredibly rewarding to watch them grow both as athletes and individuals, learning important life lessons through sports," she reflects.

Yet it's not just Ms. Fernandez’s time spent teaching and coaching that makes Sacred Heart special to her; it's the strong sense of community that permeates every aspect of the school. "We work together to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for each student," she notes. "It's not just about what happens in the classroom or on the field; it's about fostering connections and relationships that will last a lifetime."

Ms. Fernandez's dedication extends beyond her primary role as a first-grade teacher and Middle School coach. She also engages with the youngest members of the school community through read-aloud sessions with Pre-K and Junior Kindergarten students. 

"Sharing stories with them is such a special experience," she shares. "Their enthusiasm for books and learning is infectious, and it's a wonderful way to connect with our school's youngest members."

Outside the classroom, Ms. Fernandez enjoys crafting and tinkering. The Upper School Makerspace serves as a sanctuary where she can explore her passion for creating jewelry, bookmarks, and other projects. "Working on these hobbies allows me to unwind and tap into my artistic side," she explains. "It's a great way to express myself and take a break from the demands of the school day."

As Ms. Fernandez reflects on her journey at Sacred Heart, one thing is abundantly clear: her dedication to nurturing young minds goes far beyond the classroom walls. Through her commitment to fostering a love of learning in each student, Ms. Fernandez embodies exactly what it means to be a Sacred Heart educator.