My teaching experience started in 1995 at Dell H. Robison Middle School, where I taught both Orchestra and an English/Reading recovery class. While I was there, I took an active role as a leader on different committees and coached girls basketball for five years. I was appointed to Dean of Students at Brinley Middle School in February 2005 and then moved to Bob Miller Middle School in 2007. While at both middle schools, I took every opportunity to learn and grow as a leader. In January 2008, I was named the Assistant Principal at Liberty High School where I became the curriculum administrator. Three years ago, I moved to Desert Oasis High School where I continued my role in curriculum. Both high schools during that time saw a rise in graduation rates and an increase in college and career readiness.
My name is Melissa Mendoza. I was born and raised in South Texas. I moved to the Henderson/Las Vegas area in 2003. In 2007, I was appointed the first and only Dean of Students at the newly re-built Burkholder Middle School. Soon after, I was appointed an Assistant Principal at Western HS and then I returned to the Henderson area, Brown JHS. In 2016, I was given the opportunity to “come home” to Burkholder MS. I enjoy vacationing to sunny destinations, scuba diving, recreational hiking, kayaking, reading, as well as spending time with family and friends. I am excited to be a part of your child's educational experience as well as being a Burkholder Jaguar.
While originally from Southern California, Nevada is home for me. After receiving my Bachelor’s from UNLV, I was hired as an English teacher at Liberty High School where I had the privilege to, not only share my love for learning with my students, but I was also involved with and passionate about helping to collect, analyze, and respond to data to improve student achievement. After receiving my Master's in Educational Policy and Leadership from UNLV, I began working on my Doctorate in Public Policy. I am a big believer in the concept of “servant leadership,” and I am dedicated to giving back to the community that has raised me. I am thrilled to serve as a partner in your child’s education!