Educator of the week




Rosa Mendieta, Ed.D. 
   
Oak View Elementary




Dr. Rosa Mendieta was born in Los Angeles, California where she quickly developed a love for reading. She distinctly remembers the joy reading brought her because it allowed her to use her imagination, and it was that passion for reading that helped develop her vocabulary and writing skills at an early age.
 
Dr. Mendieta’s road to a successful career was far from easy. There was a high amount of uncertainty that she faced when it came to pursuing higher education. After graduating high school, Dr. Mendieta worked as a secretary in an elementary school, while raising her two small children. That uncertainty quickly transformed itself into a desire to make her children proud, and so, she decided to give college a try and enrolled at the local junior college. She hasn’t looked back since.
 
After earning her associates degree, Dr. Mendieta transferred to California State University, San Bernardino where she earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts. She continued her education at Azusa Pacific University in California, where she received her master’s degree, teaching credential and Ph.D. in educational leadership. 

In 1994, Dr. Mendieta decided to focus all of her professional attention on educating our future generations. She knew that she had a deep love and passion for making a difference in the lives of students. Today, Dr. Mendieta is enjoying her time as Principal for Oak View Elementary in Huntington Beach, California.
 
Dr. Mendieta recognizes the growing need for students to be more involved with science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). At Oak View, they have implemented STEAM Fridays where 5th graders are learning about coding, robotics and engineering. Through this program she hopes that students will be able to increase their academic achievement and confidently integrate themselves with the rest of the student population. 

A world traveler, Dr. Mendieta also enjoys hiking, reading, exploring new restaurants and listening to live music. 




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