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Celeste-tina Hernandez

Celeste-tina Hernandez, MA, BA, PID

Assistant Professor

Abbotsford campus, B322

Phone: 604-504-7441 Ext:4728

email Celeste-tina

I look forward to meeting you this year!


I have taught English as a Second Language full-time at UFV since 2000, and part-time before that. Prior to coming here, I held English language teaching positions in various cities in the Lower Mainland of B.C., as well as overseas. Prior to that I was a music and drama teacher both privately and in the K-12 system. And prior to that I taught swimming and lifeguarded for years to put myself through university.  You could say that I’ve been a teacher of some sort for most of my life!  


  • M.A. in Education, Simon Fraser University
  • B.A. in Music and Fine Arts, Trinity Western University
  • CERTESL, University of Saskatchewan
  • Provincial Instructor Diploma, Province of B.C.
  • Life Skills Coach Certificate, University of the Fraser Valley
  • Tutoring Certificate, University of the Fraser Valley
  • Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks Placement Test Assessor Training
  • CAEL Assessor Training


  • TESL Canada
  • BC Registered Music Teachers Association

Teaching Philosophy

I believe that students should learn or improve their language skills in a step-by-step, logical manner, while at the same time having fun and enjoying their classes and the entire language learning process.  

Teaching Interests

Over the past many years that I’ve been with the department, I’ve taught all of the courses that have been offered. I also enjoyed teaching at UFV’s campus in Chandigarh, India, one summer, and hope to do so again. 

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My ESL class was the first time for me to make friends in a new country. I got the chance to practice my English and learn new skills. UFV will be an unforgettable part of my life.

  • – Lin (Shirley) Jiang
  •    China


I moved to Abbotsford without any English at all. I became an ESL student at UFV and learned English from the basic level to the academic level. Academic courses gave me the opportunity to work toward my goals.

  • – Anatilde Cascavita
  •    Columbia

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