- Nova Southeastern University
Dr. María Grethel Méndez is currently an Assistant Program Professor/Field Associate at the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education at Nova Southeastern University (NSU). She is the President of Phi Gamma Sigma, Fischler School’s International Professional Society for doctoral graduates. She was also the Co-chairman of the Title V Oversight Committee and is also active in several community service organizations such as the Miami-Dade County Expo since 1973. Before her tenure as a Doctoral Enrollment Counselor/Program Professor she was the Director of the International Teacher Education Programs (IUTEP and ITEP) of the Latin American Institute for Educational Leadership of the Fischler College of Education. As the Director of IUTEP and ITEP, Dr. Méndez worked as part of the leadership team of ILALE in the coordination and implementation of innovative bachelor’s and master’s programs in the state of Florida. She recruited students who have post-secondary credits or bachelor degrees from their country of origin and are often times working in non-professional jobs within the trade industry. She served as the enrollment counselor and advisor to students while providing a level of support which allowed them to complete the master’s program and locate teaching positions. Additionally, she coordinated and supervised all administrative aspects of the IUTEP and ITEP programs. Under her leadership the program expanded to three additional regional campuses.
Dr. Méndez was an educator for 39 years in Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS), the fourth largest school district in the United States. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Barry University in 1972 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching Secondary Foreign Languages (French and Spanish). She earned a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Barry University in 1976. In 1980, she was appointed as the Guidance Counselor to over 770 K-9th grade students who arrived in Miami on the Mariel boatlift and she transferred to South Miami Senior High School in 1987 where she continued as a counselor until retiring in August 2011.
Dr. Méndez received her Doctor of Education degree from Nova Southeastern University in 2002.