Hermanns witnessed these inequities himself when he returned to education almost 20 years ago as a second grade teacher in a high-poverty school in San Diego. His experience is made even richer by the circuitous pathway that led him there.
Hermanns began his journey toward educational leadership with his bachelor’s in education from Temple University. He then went on to earn his master’s in symphonic conducting from Carnegie Mellon University and spent the next 15 years as a professional conductor.
When he was on staff with the San Diego Symphony, Hermanns began connecting with schools by starting an after-school community music center for high-poverty elementary schools that had lost their music programs. It was this experience that spurred him to earn his teaching certificate, which is what took him to that second grade classroom where he saw so much potential and not enough opportunity.