Consuelo Mendez STEM Academy


Joanna Rowley, M. Ed.

Director of Consuelo Mendez STEM Academy

 My name is Joanna Carrillo Rowley. I was born in Alpine, Texas and raised in Alpine by my parents Andres and Juanita Carrillo and graduated from Midland High School in Midland, Texas. I lived in Midland until my arrival to Mendez MS in 2018. I have a bachelor’s degree with a teaching certificate from University of Texas at the Permian Basin (UTPB). I gained my master’s degree in educational leadership also from UTPB. I spent 24 years working for the Midland Independent School District. I was a 5th and 6th grade teacher for six years, an assistant principal at elementary school, middle school and high school for a total of nine years, principal for a total of six years and an executive director for Bilingual/ESL for six years. Because I have always had a passion for student success, I am currently working towards gaining my doctoral degree in School Improvement at the University of Texas at Tyler (UTTYLER).

As I begin to look back on the total of 27 years I have spent as an educator, I can truly say that middle school children have been my favorite. The love I have for students at the middle school level is unexplainable, as I love all the twists and turns they give me each and every day. My family is very supportive of my educational career and stand by me as I work with my extended family at Mendez.

My husband, Donald, spent almost 30 years in the oilfield in West Texas, and has finally decided to settle and relax while enjoying retirement. I have five children: Zorena (two children, Jordan and Daelynn) works for an oil company in West Texas. Courtnee (husband Eric and two children, Jaxon and Kayson) is an elementary music director at Rankin ISD in West Texas. Aubree (husband Chris and baby Jaidyn) is a construction engineer and works for David Weekly. Eric (our only son) is a college student attending Tarleton State University (working on a civil engineering degree) and Hailee is a 9th grade student at Akins ECHS and hopes to go to college for some type of engineering degree. Our +1 child, Desare, was our foster child for almost 5 years. She graduated from Texas State and is enjoying coaching basketball at Trinity HS in Midland and enjoying her new son, Elliot.

I love the community of Dove Springs and all the culture and traditions they bring to Mendez MS. It brings me much joy to be able to work with the staff, students, families and community members at Mendez and I would love you all to join us at community and family events. Family is the heart and soul of a child; we could not do it without you. #UNITY