Justin Dye has been with the La Paloma Academy/Heritage Elementary School family since 2005. Mr. Dye is an Arizona native and truly understands the need for education reform in our state. He began his career with the Heritage family as a 2nd grade teacher. From there, he moved into the administration side of charter schools, serving as the Title I coordinator, after-school director, vice principal, and eventually settled in as a principal.
Mr. Dye’s goal is to educate every student in his school as he promotes lifelong learning to these young minds. He also stresses the importance of teaching character values on a daily basis.
Mr. Dye graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Science in education. Several years later, he received his master’s degree from Grand Canyon University in education administration. He acquired his Principals Certificate in 2010.
“I am so blessed to be a part of such a wonderful family here at Heritage Elementary School,” Mr. Dye says. “With the quality of our parents, students, and staff, our success is inevitable!”
Bradley Mitchell has taught 7th and 8th grade math at Heritage Elementary since 2013. An educator for over 15 years, Mr. Mitchell began teaching upon receiving his bachelor’s degree in mathematics. He served as the ISC coordinator at Millennium High School in Goodyear, and has coached football, basketball, and softball. He has also been co-sponsor of the National Honor Society.
Cynthia Mendoza has taught 3rd and 4th grade at Heritage Elementary since 2016. She began teaching 12 years ago after receiving her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Northern Arizona University. In 2015, she received her master’s degree in early childhood education from Arizona State University.
Ms. Mendoza has coached soccer, after-school reading clubs, and has led student council. Her educational philosophy is that all children can learn in their own unique way. Her passion for teaching has led her to remain in the field of education, where she helps guide children to a better future.
One of Ms. Mendoza’s favorite quotes is, “If a child can’t learn in the way we teach, we must teach in a way the child can learn.” – Unknown