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:
Jose Mendez Monge - Assistant Principal
I was born and raised in Puerto Rico but left after high school to complete my undergraduate degree at Syracuse University. Since then I have lived in many areas of the world, including France, Spain, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Ecuador. In 2015 I decided to move back to the states from Playa del Carmen, Mexico... and have lived in Fort Worth since. I am married to my best friend and both of us take care of my mom, who is in her 80's and has Alzheimer's. We also have three beautiful dogs!
As far as teaching in Texas, my first two years with the district I spent at John T. White. Last year I was an Aspiring Principal Intern at the Leadership Academy at Maude I. Logan. Furthermore, in addition to my BA from Syracuse, I have an MBA from UNID Mexico, an MA in Educational Leadership from TCU, and a Doctorate in Education or Ed.D., from the Universidad del Sur in Mexico.
I am very excited to join the Mendoza team under Ms. Sanchez's leadership. I will work hard to support each and every one of you to make our school a model for others in the district.