Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Music Education, University of Houston | Certification- K-12 Music Texas Music Education Association, member Houston Civic Symphony, violist Galveston Symphony Orchestra, violist Texas Chamber Symphony, violist

Mrs. Kara Hernandez


I am the Director of Orchestras at Ronald Thornton Middle School. I am a 4th year Fort Bend ISD Orchestra Director, but this is my first year as a Thundercat! Ronald Thornton Middle School is my dream school, and I am in constant collaboration with the orchestra directors at Ridge Point High School and Baines Middle School. I have served as a private viola teacher and clinician in Fort Bend ISD since 2015 and continue to do so. In 2020, Ms. Karimah Browne and I inaugurated the first Full Orchestra at David Crockett Middle School, one of only three middle schools in Fort Bend ISD to have a Full Orchestra. During the COVID-19 school years, I was selected to write virtual orchestra curriculum. Furthermore, I was the 2021 Fort Bend ISD Summer Orchestra Camp Coordinator. I am a product of FBISD and its excellent orchestra programs. I graduated from Clements High School under the direction of Mrs. Ginger Wolfe. I also attended Commonwealth Elementary and Fort Settlement Middle School. I began my orchestral journey at Fort Settlement under the direction of Mrs. Angela Peugnet. I received a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Houston with some coursework in Nonprofits and graduated Cum Laude. Throughout my time at the University of Houston's Moores School of Music, I performed with the Symphony, Opera, Ballet, and Chamber Orchestras. I also served my school as a Moores School of Music ambassador. My teacher influences include Mrs. Angela Peugnet, Mr. Michael Isadore, Ms. Karimah Browne, Mrs. Karissa Williams, Ms. Carol Crittenden, Ms. Suzanne LeFevre, Mr. Wayne Brooks, Dr. John Snyder, and Maestro Franz Krager.


I am a member of the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA). I am a violist for the Houston Civic Symphony, Galveston Symphony Orchestra, and Texas Chamber Symphony. 


When I am not teaching or playing my instrument I enjoy spending time outdoors and supporting the Houston Astros with my husband and children. I enjoy reading, baking, playing board games, exercising, spending time with my musical colleagues, and serving the Greater Houston community.



    Period 1: Beginning Viola & Cello

    Period 2: Beginning Violin

    Period 3: Conference

    Period 4: Beginning Double Bass

    Period 5: Beginning 7/8 Girls Choir

    Period 6: Symphony Orchestra

    Period 7: Chamber Strings Orchestra



    MON | 7:45-8:45 AM, violin technique

    TUES | 7:45-8:45 AM, viola technique

    WED | 7:45-8:45 AM, cello technique

    WED | 4:15-5:15 PM, POPS & tutorials

    THURS | 7:45-8:45 AM, bass technique

    FRI | 7:45-8:45 AM, small chamber ensemble technique


    *Instrument specific technique sectionals are required for all Symphony & Chamber Strings Orchestra students.