Dodge City Public Schools announced Martha Mendoza as the Dodge City High School Principal at a special Unified School District 443 Board of Education meeting on March 31.
The recommendation presented by the selection committee and Superintendent of Schools Fred Dierksen was approved by the board.
Mendoza will succeed interim principal Jacque Feist, who retires at the end of the 2020-2021 school year.
Martha Mendoza was born in Durango, Mexico, and moved to the U.S. when she was eight years old.
She credits her second-grade EL teacher for her love of learning. She made her believe she could accomplish anything by working hard through life’s obstacles.
Mendoza moved to Dodge City with her family when she was 13 years old, and she graduated from Dodge City High School in 1989.
She received her Associates of Arts from Dodge City Community College and earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Newman University and her Master of Science in Educational Administration and Leadership from Kansas State University where she is currently a doctoral candidate.
“With extensive leadership experience, Mrs. Mendoza is uniquely qualified to lead Dodge City High School,” said Dodge City Public Schools in a press release.
Medoza has served Dodge City Public Schools since 1993, where she has held various positions, including Tutor, Paraprofessional, Substitute Teacher, Teacher, Teacher Leader, EL Interventionist, Assistant Principal, and Principal.
She was an Assistant Principal at Comanche Middle School for eight years and is now finishing her fourth year as the Principal of Beeson Elementary.
Mendoza has been an Adjunct Professor at Newman University and is serving as Co-Liaison for Kansas State University and USD 443 Dodge City Leadership Academy.
She is locally involved in her community as an active board member for the Dodge City Family YMCA and the Dodge City/Ford County Community Facilities Advisory Board.
Mendoza holds deep values for her community and a passion for all students, their families and the staff members she serves and is an advocate for high-quality public education.
“I am deeply honored to have been given this opportunity to serve as head principal of a school who helped shaped me,” said Mendoza. “I have always admired Ms. Feist and know the legacy she leaves behind.
“I will work diligently to honor and continue the hard work that has been done and embrace new possibilities.”
Martha Mendoza is married to Pancho Mendoza and they have three children.