Dodge City Public Schools is pleased to announce Ms. Diana Mendoza as the new ESOL and Diversity Director.
Ms. Mendoza’s passion for working with English Learners began nineteen years ago when she started her career with Dodge City Public Schools as the secretary in the English as a Second Language (ESOL) / Migrant Office. From there, she took on teaching at Bright Beginnings At-Risk Preschool, Comanche Middle School, and most recently, as ESOL Instructional Coach. During her tenure, she was recognized as the 2013-2014 Kansas Teacher of the Year Nominee.
Mendoza represented Dodge City Public Schools at the state level while serving on key educational committees. She was tasked with establishing the Kansas English Language Proficiency Assessment standards, known to educators as KELPA. Currently, Ms. Mendoza serves on KSDE ESOL Educator’s Professional Learning Cohort, which includes presenting to the KSDE Annual Conference.
Ms. Diana Mendoza received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and her Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Kansas State University Her established record of accomplishment in the classroom, state education committees, and the local community, provides the right blend of leadership to the department.
“I am absolutely honored and humbled by the opportunity to advocate on behalf of the culturally and linguistically diverse students of Dodge City Public Schools. Additionally, I look forward to engaging our parents and our business leaders to create partnerships to best serve our students and our community.”