Rachel Mendoza, Principal
I started off my career teaching in a first grade bilingual class in Socorro ISD, located in El Paso, Texas. After seven years of teaching in El Paso, I moved to the Dallas area. I began teaching in the best district in Texas: Grand Prairie ISD! Over the span of 21 years, I have taught many grade levels, but, my favorite grade to teach was Pre-K. I experienced traditional bilingual classrooms as well as two-way dual language classrooms. I was in the classroom for over a decade when I decided to join our district’s Bilingual Programs Department as a dual language strategist.
As a strategist, I had the opportunity to work with a large group of dedicated, hard-working teachers. My role was to help with the implementation of the dual language program currently established in GPISD. After working with the Bilingual Program for three years, I moved into administration. I am excited, yet humbled, to have been given the opportunity to lead Bowie Fine Arts Academy to even higher levels of excellence.
My educational background consists of obtaining my bachelor’s in education from the University of Texas at El Paso. My graduate studies were at the University of Texas at Arlington where I obtained a master’s in educational administration with an emphasis in dual language.
My future aspirations are to continue my education and pursue a doctorate in education. I continue to pursue life-long learning to best serve our students. I am here to serve. I believe we have the best staff, students, and parents that any school can ask for.