Title/s: Social Worker, Arrupe College
Ernest Fernandez is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who joined Arrupe College in the fall of 2016. He was born in Chicago and, from age 8 to 19, he lived in the Philippines where he studied under and worked with the De La Salle Christian Brothers. After a brief stay in Hawaii, he returned to Chicago where he earned his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago. After graduation Ernest became a Lasallian Volunteer and served his first year as a tutor and ESL teacher in Oakland, California. He served his second year as a recreational therapist and assistant to the chaplain at a residential school for court adjudicated boys in Albany, NY. He was then invited to work at a startup charter school in the North Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago where he became the behavior intervention specialist. Through those experiences Ernest worked with students to develop internal and external resiliencies to overcome barriers to their education. He went on to earn his master’s degree and Type 73 Certificate at The University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and was a Community Schools Fellow. Since then Ernest worked as a residential therapist for abused and neglected children and also school as social worker. Until recently he managed a Supported Apartment Program where he supervised case managers for adults with various mental health disorders. Outside of work Ernest enjoys comedy, food, music, martial arts, and outdoor activities.