Degrees and Certifications:
Jennifer Sanchez - Principal
Ms. Sanchez has been an educator for over 22 years. Ten of these years were spent in the classroom teaching in grades PK-4 at S.S. Dillow Elementary, T.A. Sims Elementary, Washington Heights Elementary, and Henry Wilson Elementary (in New Hampshire). Although it was hard to leave the classroom, Ms. Sanchez became a Literacy Coach for Fort Worth ISD and spent three years coaching at Westpark Elementary.
In 2009, Ms. Sanchez was selected to participate in the first Aspiring Principals Program Cohort in Fort Worth ISD and interned at Daggett Elementary while completing her Master’s Degree in Educational Policy and Leadership Studies at The University of Texas in Arlington. After 5 years at Daggett as the Assistant Principal, Ms. Sanchez joined the Rufino Mendoza family as Principal in 2014. Rufino Mendoza Elementary holds a special place in Ms. Sanchez’s heart as her late mother-in-law and her two sisters attended this school over 60 years ago.
Ms. Sanchez lives in Fort Worth with her husband Steve, her two dogs Dani and Destiny, and her daughters - Alyssa, and Katie who attend Fort Worth ISD schools, and Elena who is a junior at Texas Tech University.
Ms. Sanchez believes that every child deserves to have the same opportunities to learn, grow, and become their best, and she places students at the center of every decision made here at Rufino Mendoza Elementary. This is also the guiding principal she uses to continue the legacy of our namesake, Rufino Mendoza, who believed that every child can learn if given an opportunity!
Degrees and Certifications:
Tequita M. Porter-Azantilow
A native of Mississippi, Tequita M. Porter-Azantilow moved to Texas after graduating from Alcorn State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a Master’s degree in Secondary Education and Guidance Counseling. She started her teaching career in 2001 where she taught 6th grade mathematics. This year marks Ms. Azantilow 19th year in education. She has taught grades 5th – 8th, served as a school guidance counselor, a Mathematics Specialist, district instructional coach, and currently teaching all Mathematics courses at the college level. She has also received a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Prairie View A&M University and a Master’s degree in Mathematics from Texas Woman’s University. Ms. Azantilow’s aim is to support and cultivate all teachers and students of the community so that they are reaching their utmost potential. A growth mindset is the key. Ms. Azantilow has one daughter and spends her free time with her family and friends. She is extremely excited to be an instructional leader at Rufino Mendoza Elementary School.