As we say our, “Farewells” and “Best Wishes” to our current Upper School Division Head, Father Madison. I am very proud to announce the new Upper School division head Mr. Jose “Joey” Menendez. We are so blessed to have him fill this position as we begin to prepare for the new year to come. I was able to speak with Dr. Bird and collect a few of his thoughts on Mr. Menendez. Dr. Bird gave me a quote from a parent of his previous school where Mr. Menendez taught. She said, “One of the things I love most about him is the way that he views every student and who they were individually.”
Mr. Menendez received his B.S. in Business Administration a the University of North Carolina. He has attended Columbia University where he earned his Master’s in Educational Leadership, and also completed the Klingenstein Summer Institute. Impressive, if I do say so myself!
Throughout his journey, climbing up the ladder of educational positions, he began working at St. David’s School, which is an Episcopal school in Raleigh, North Carolina. During the duration of his time there, he was a Community Service Coordinator, Lead Math Teacher, a Soccer Coach, as well as serving four years as Dean of students for grades 5-12. WOW! Leading up to his new position at All Saints’, Mr. Menendez was the Principal of the Upper School at Westminster Schools of Augusta, Georgia.
As we prepare to welcome Mr. Jose “Joey” Menendez with open arms as the new Division Head of the All Saints Upper School I have asked him a few questions:
“What are you must looking forward to as you become the new Division head for All Saints upper school?”
“One of the things I am looking forward to is learning as much as I can about every aspect of All Saints’, from the incredible faculty, to every student that walks the halls of the Simpson Upper School. I will be asking a lot of questions in order to better understand what makes All Saints’ tick, which will help me become a better leader and voice for the Upper School.”
“What is one fun fact about yourself that you would like to share?”
“I love to wear different colored socks. Usually my socks will match my bowtie or tie. I have students stop me in the hallway or in class to see if in fact my socks matched my bowtie or tie.” He even went on to tell me that he is a proud member of the Sock of the Month Club. “It’s the gift that keeps on giving…for six months” he added. I speak on the behalf of the All Saint’s Upper School student body as we happily invite Mr. Menendez into our family.