Dr. Gabriela Mendez received a Fulbright scholarship to obtain her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction at the Pennsylvania State University, where she also obtained her Ph.D. degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 2006. Dr. Mendez has been a high school principal and taught at all educational levels. She worked at the Argentinean Ministry of Education, promoting educational innovations and implementing professional development for school principals and superintendents.
At Penn State, she was a Curriculum instructor for the Teacher Preparation program and a Supervisor for the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. Dr. Mendez joined Nova Southeastern University in 2007 and is an associate professor at the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education & School of Criminal Justice.
At NSU, she develops curriculum and teaches doctoral and master’s level courses on curriculum, assessment, and educational leadership. Her research focuses on curriculum, equity, and issues of identity, and online education. She has recently co-led the curriculum reconstruction of an online competency-based adaptive learning Master’s degree in Educational Leadership that focuses on equity. Since 2020 Dr. Mendez has been researching online education for middle and high school students in the context of the COVID 19 pandemic.
Dr. Mendez is passionate about education and equity and is a member of several organizations that promote these values, such as the Hispanic Education Coalition of Palm Beach County and the NSU Belonging, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Council.