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Mrs. Elva Mendoza

My name is Mrs. Elva Mendoza and I am beginning my 31st year in education.  I have been teaching at Sauceda Middle School for nine years and I will be teaching 8th Grade Science and Biology for the 2020-2021 academic school year.  As an educator, it has been my personal commitment to student success in and out of the classroom that drives my instruction for all my students.  Helping students overcome barriers that impact their learning is also at the core of my educational philosophy so that students may be confident in their abilities to learn and be successful in all they do.  

I received my bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Texas A&I University in 1990.  I began teaching in McAllen ISD and remained there for thirteen years.  My experience ranged from elementary to the secondary level.  I then taught Science at IDEA Academy at the 5th grade level for four years.   By 2007, I made my way to Donna ISD where again I taught 5th grade science and math.  It was during this time that I realized I would like to continue my education and did so.  I received my master’s degree in Instruction and Curriculum in Science Education from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2014.  It was my goal to not just show my own children, but my students as well, that we never stop learning.  

Being an educator is not just about teaching in the classroom, it also includes contributing to the betterment of the school. Because of this, I have served on many school improvement teams.  Due to my extensive experience, I have had the privilege of being team leader during my elementary and middle school years Within the time I have been at Sauceda Middle School, I have served as the Science Department Head for four years.  During the 2019-2020 school year, I was asked to teach Biology, a high school course in which students would be able to receive high school credit, to our 8th grade qualifying students.  Although new to me, I was excited and ready to meet the challenge of teaching both a high school course and continue teaching 8th grade science as well.  Throughout my years as an educator, I have also been asked to write curriculum for all three districts in which I was employed with.  Curriculum writing is something I genuinely enjoy and feel the contribution I can and will provide is beneficial to all students and staff.   

One of my greatest honors has been being selected by my peers as Campus Teacher of the Year for McAllen ISD and Donna ISD.  While these titles hold a very special place in my heart, none compare to past students who have expressed their love of science because they enjoyed my class, or appreciated that I never allowed them to give me anything but the best they could possibly do.  It has been those moments that reinforce my love of teaching for all students, alike. As we enter a new year with new challenges, I am confident we will do well to prepare our students for academic success.  I look forward to a great year!