July 29, 2016
Lazette L. Watterson
July 29, 2016

Janis M. Hernandez

Mrs. Janis M. Hernandez, Immediate Past President


  • Northeast Louisiana University

Professional Experience

  • Special Education Teacher, Jefferson Parish Public Schools
  • Community Skills Resource Teacher, Jefferson Parish Public Schools
  • Elementary Teacher, Jefferson Parish Public Schools
  • Lobbyist & Field Representative, Louisiana Federation of Teachers
  • Owner, Bon Temps Travel (Metairie, La)
  • Substitute Teacher, Fairfax County Schools, Virginia
  • Fund Coordinator, Sheet Metal Workers International Association Scholarship Fund (Washington, D.C.)

LRTA, Civic & Professional Contributions

  • President, LRTA District IV / Member LRTA Executive Board
  • Vice President, LRTA District IV
  • Member, LRTA Bylaws Committee
  • Member, LRTA Budget Committee
  • President, Ascension Retired Teachers Association
  • Building Staff, Jefferson Federation of Teachers
  • JFT Health & Welfare Fund Trustee
  • University of Louisiana at Monroe Alumni Association
  • Chapter President, ULM Alumni Association Washington, D.C. Area
  • ULM Alumni Association Baton Rouge Chapter
  • President and Executive Board Member, Acadiana of Ascension Homeowners Association

Janis Mickles Hernandez is from Gretna, LA.  She has been married for 32 years to Matthew “Benny” Hernandez.  They have three children and two grandchildren: Matthew, who lives in Pennsylvania; Melanie who lives in North Carolina with her husband, Todd Bebler, and their two daughters, Emily and Brooke; and Blake who lives in Baton Rouge.

She enjoys traveling, sewing, reading, following sports with her Alma Mater, The University of Louisiana at Monroe and LSU Lady Tiger Basketball, and simply enjoying retirement with family and friends.

She is proud to be a representative of LRTA!