MiamiHerald / As Joanyri Hernandez stood at the front of the classroom, a dozen ninth-grade students scrolled through “The Odyssey” on their tablets and listened to all of the detours Odysseus had taken on his way home.

“He was already cursed by the gods, so nothing good was waiting for him,” Hernandez told the class at Barbara Goleman Senior High School in Miami Lakes. “He’s going to lose all his men, he’s going to end up sailing alone, and then he’s going to arrive home finding insolent men courting his lady and eating his food supply. It’s an odyssey, right?”

Just two months earlier, Hernandez had been on her own nightmarish journey.

The 40-year-old teacher had always thought she would live in Puerto Rico until the day she died. She had a job she loved teaching English at a local high school and a daughter in college on the island.


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