Dear Consuelo Mendez friends and families:
My name is Joanna Rowley-Carrillo and I am so excited to introduce myself as the Director of Consuelo Mendez STEM Academy. I am honored to serve in the Austin Independent School District, which is known far and wide for its dedication to excellence, but more importantly, to children. Over the past 26 years, I have worked as a teacher, administrator, and executive director but I consider my most important job to be that of a child advocate. I will spend a lot of time with your children, getting to know their personalities, learning styles and interests. I will celebrate their successes, small and large. I will encourage them every day and let them know they are valued and have a special place in our school community. Not only am I excited to be working with your children, but I look forward to the work we will do together. As the old African Proverb states, “It takes a village to raise a child.” I am excited to see your children through your eyes. I cannot wait to share with you the great things they do throughout their days here at Consuelo Mendez, and of course I will be here to work with you should they need any help navigating any aspect of the school day. My goal is to ensure that all children are healthy, happy and safe, so they may learn as much as they can. This has been my philosophy since I began my career teaching.
I had the opportunity to start my career in Midland Independent School District where I taught for eight years as a 5th and 6th grade teacher. I also provided tech support for the building, as well as facilitated student council on our campus.
I then advanced in my career and became an assistant principal at the elementary level for five years where I received the great honor of being named TEPSA/Region 18 Assistant Principal of the year 3 different years. I also served as assistant principal at the junior high and high school levels. In 2008, I became the Principal at San Jacinto Junior High School in Midland ISD housing over 710 students in 7th and 8th grade for the next 4 years. I had the honor and privilege to support hundreds of diverse learners each day where they had experienced low academic performance. While in my third year as principal, I was named TASSP/Region 18 Middle School Principal of the year. As we continued to strive for greatness, we were able to improve academic performance, build a positive culture and climate and were successful.
In 2012, I became the Executive Director of English Learners in Midland ISD where I oversaw the district’s Bilingual and ESL program. This program too faced low academic performance at the local, state and federal level. While overseeing the district program, we were able to move student achievement and the students were able to be successful both academically and linguistically.
My greatest achievement comes not professionally, but personally, as I am the wife of an amazing family man: Donald and mother of five beautiful children: Zorena (34), Courtnee (29), Aubree (22), Eric (18) and Hailee (12). I am also a grandmother to four adorable, rambunctious boys! People often say I treat all children in my school as if they were my own. Please know I will work tirelessly to ensure all your children have the best possible experiences while at Consuelo Mendez STEM Academy. Once again, I am so thankful to have the opportunity to bring all that I have experienced and learned with me to your wonderful community of Dove Springs. I look forward to getting to know you and your children. Please join us the last Thursday of each month for Family Nights from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. as we share all the wonderful experiences your children learn daily. I also invite you to our Donuts with the Director on the Third Tuesday of each month from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. where we can have candid discussions about Mendez and your student’s learning environment.
I look forward to seeing you soon.
Director, Mendez STEM Academy